Poll shows less than half of US backs invasion in case of Iraqi non-compliance

04 December 2002

A US poll has found that in the event of Iraqi non-compliance, less than half of Americans, 47 per cent, favour an invasion, even if sanctioned by the UN. Of the remainder, 24 per cent support renewed inspections backed by force and 24 per cent want to continue relying on diplomatic measures. The poll was designed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) and conducted by Knowledge Networks, who questioned 1,106 people between 19 November and 1 December.

On the question of gaining a UN mandate before taking military action, 55 per cent of respondents subscribed to the view that 'the US should only invade Iraq with UN approval and the support of its allies,' while only 28 per cent thought 'the US should invade Iraq even if we have to go it alone'. The remaining 13 per cent opposed an invasion under any circumstances.

'While Americans are largely committed to solving the problem of Iraq, many want to look at all their options before leaping into an invasion,' said Steven Kull, PIPA director. Only 29 per cent surveyed rated Iraq as their highest policy concern.

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