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Poll results: Attack on Iraq loses support without U.N. involvement
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Support for an attack on Iraq dwindles if the United Nations doesn't give its blessing. (Mason-Dixon Polling & Research)

St. Paul, Minn. — The Mason-Dixon Minnesota Poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. February 19-20, 2003. A total of 625 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they regularly vote in state elections. Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county. The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

QUESTION: How would you rate the performance of George. W. Bush as president?

Option State Men Women
Excellent 24% 25% 23%
Good 30% 32% 28%
Fair 27% 25% 29%
Poor 18% 17% 19%
Undecided 1% 1% 1%

QUESTION: Would you support or oppose U.S. military action against Iraq in each of the following circumstances:

The United State joined together with its major allies to attack Iraq with the full support of the United Nations Security Council.

Option State Men Women
Support 75% 77% 73%
Oppose 15% 15% 15%
Undecided 10% 8% 12%

The United States and one or two of its major allies attack Iraq, without the support of the United Nations.

Option State Men Women
Support 45% 57% 33%
Oppose 45% 46% 54%
Undecided 10% 7% 13%

QUESTION: Which of the following do you think is the better option for the United States (order rotated)?

Option Percentage
Take more time to try to achieve our goals in Iraq without going to war 53%
Move quickly with military action to deal effectively with the threat posed by Iraq. 35%
Not sure 12%

QUESTION: Do you think George W. Bush has explained clearly what's at state in Iraq and why the U.S. might use military force to end the rule of Saddam Hussein?

Option State Men Women
Yes 49% 54% 44%
No 47% 44% 50%
Not sure 4% 2% 6%

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