Archive for Monday, October 8, 2001

Poll finds strong support for strikes

October 8, 2001


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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