March 22 —
Public optimism that the war against Iraq will be successful and
short has grown in the last week, now that the war is under way, a
new poll suggests.
A CBS-New York Times tracking poll, out Saturday, suggested that
almost two-thirds, 62 percent, say the war will be quick and
successful, and 33 percent thought it would take a long time and be
costly. In early March, only four in 10 said they thought the war
would be quick.
By a 2-1 margin, people now say that removing Iraqi leader Saddam
Hussein is worth the cost.
About two-thirds in the poll said the Bush administration has not
explained how much the war will cost. And about the same number, 64
percent, said that anti-war protest marches should be allowed. Fewer
than half felt such marches should be allowed during the Persian
Gulf War in 1991.
American approval of President Bush generally has increased since
the war started. Two-thirds approve of his overall job performance
and his handling of Iraq, while almost half now approve of his
handling of the economy, up from four in 10 early this month.
A majority, 53 percent, now say the country is on the right
track, up from 35 percent who felt that way in early February.
The poll of 835 adults was taken Thursday and Friday and has an
error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
|A US marine gestures Saturday
March 22, 2003 as coalition forces advance through southern
Iraq. (AP Photo/Dan Chung, The Guardian,
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