- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 7, 2003

SEATTLE, Jan. 7 (UPI) — Residents of the Puget Sound region aren't convinced that a military invasion of Iraq is justified, though a majority will support an attack if more evidence of an Iraqi weapons-of-mass-destruction program is unearthed, a poll released Tuesday concluded.

The Seattle Times survey of 600 adults conducted in late December found that 70 percent of the respondents said they wanted to see more evidence that Saddam Hussein was developing nuclear, biological or chemical weapons before they would get behind a military campaign, however 68 percent said they would back an invasion if such proof was presented.

"Public sentiment in the Puget Sound area is clearly on the side of working with the United Nations," said Stuart Elway, who conducted the poll for the newspaper. "If the U.N. inspectors find evidence of weapons, then most people here are ready to invade Iraq."

According to the newspaper, the greatest degree of support for an invasion, regardless of the level of the evidence, came from respondents under the age of 35 who live in the Tacoma area and who have not attended college. The lowest level of support was among women and Seattle residents who are older than 65 or who have post-graduate degrees.

One respondent, Pakistani-born Mohammad Farah, offered lukewarm support for an invasion and told the Times that he preferred to see Saddam removed from power peacefully.

"The regime is no good and you have to remove it," suggested Farah, an employee of a computer company in Bellevue. "I don't want any other human beings hurt. If they're hurt, I get hurt. If you fight hard, people will die."

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