- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 17, 2002


President Bush has rallied public support in recent weeks for an attack on Iraq, say two polls released during the weekend.

Two-thirds of Americans support using military force against Iraq, according to polls released by Newsweek and by ABC News for the "This Week" program. The support rebounded among Democrats and independents in recent weeks after slipping in August, the ABC poll found.

The Newsweek poll of 1,000 adults was taken Thursday and Friday, after Mr. Bush's speech to the United Nations, and has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The ABC poll of 760 adults was taken Thursday through Saturday and has an error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Most in the Newsweek poll said they think military action against Iraq will cause serious problems for the United States among other Arab countries and could result in Iraq's use of chemical or biological weapons against Israel and the United States.

Both polls suggest Mr. Bush has bolstered support for his Iraq policy in recent weeks. His overall job approval was at 70 percent in the Newsweek survey, up from 61 percent in late August.

By a 2-1 margin in the Newsweek poll, people said it was important that the president have the approval of Congress, formal support from the United Nations and backing from most of the European allies.

They also said by a nearly 2-1 ratio in both polls that Mr. Bush has done a good job of explaining U.S. policy toward Iraq.

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