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Poll finds strong support for strikes

October 8, 2001

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President Bush received immediate, strong and overwhelming public support for his decision to launch airstrikes against terrorist sites in Afghanistan. Most Americans said the attacks mark the start of a long war and likely will prompt additional terrorist attacks directed at the United States, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey found that 94 percent said they supported the U.S.-led military action in Afghanistan, and just as many Americans continue to endorse the way Bush is handling the response to last month's terrorist attacks.

The Post-ABC News poll found that 8 in 10 Americans support sending ground troops into Afghanistan to kill or capture fugitive terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Nearly as many would send U.S. forces to overthrow the Taliban government.

Nearly 8 in 10 approved sending humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.

A total of 506 randomly selected adults were interviewed Sunday night for this Post-ABC News poll. Margin of sampling error for the overall results is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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