10-10-2002, 08:21 PM
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Poll Sees Americans Taking Bush Line on Iraq
Most Americans accept arguments by President Bush for a potential war against Iraq: that it may soon have a nuclear weapon and the surest way to avert the threat is to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, according to a poll released on Thursday.
The findings came as the House of Representatives voted to grant Bush the power to launch a military attack on Iraq if needed.
The poll by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, an independent opinion research group, found that debate over Iraq was having little impact on next month's elections, which will determine control of Congress.
According to the poll, 86 percent of those surveyed believed Saddam had nuclear weapons or was close to acquiring them, and 66 percent believed he was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
Bush cites the attacks as demonstrating the need to act against Saddam, and has linked his campaign against Iraq to the "war on terrorism" he launched last fall, but he has not established a direct link between Sept. 11 and Iraq.
"Clearly, the president's major arguments in favor of taking military action against Iraq are resonating with the public," the Pew center said in its report on the poll.
The survey of 1,513 people was taken Oct. 2-6, before Bush made a prime-time speech on the Iraqi threat.
Mirroring other surveys, the Pew poll found that 62 percent of Americans favored military action against Iraq.
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