U.S. Public Shows Growing Readiness to Disagree with President on Iraq: Majority Sides With Security Council Members Calling for More Inspections


In the run-up to the President’s State of the Union message, a new poll reveals that the American public is showing a growing readiness to disagree with the President on Iraq. When respondents were told that President Bush was pressing the U.N. Security Council for more immediate action against Iraq, a strong majority nonetheless favored continuing U.N. inspections. Steven Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes, commented: “What is striking here is that the poll posed the issue as a debate between President Bush and other members of the Security Council, but only 31 percent took the President’s side, while 66 percent sided with the other members calling for continuing inspections.”