Mar. 16, 2004

Additional Findings and Analyses

U.S. Image Still Poor America’s image abroad remains negative in most nations, though it has improved somewhat in Russia, Turkey, and Pakistan. Vast majorities in predominantly Muslim countries continue to hold unfavorable opinions of the U.S, though the intensity of anti-American views has moderated. Opinion of the U.S. in Russia is now about evenly divided, […]

Mar. 19, 2003

Different Faiths, Different Messages

Introduction and Summary Americans Hearing about Iraq from the Pulpit, but Religious Faith Not Defining Opinions Most American churchgoers are hearing about the issue of war with Iraq at their places of worship. But most say their ministers are not taking a position for or against the war, and relatively few people say their own […]

Mar. 18, 2003

America’s Image Further Erodes, Europeans Want Weaker Ties

Introduction and Summary Anti-war sentiment and disapproval of President Bush’s international policies continue to erode America’s image among the publics of its allies. U.S. favorability ratings have plummeted in the past six months in countries actively opposing war ­ France, Germany and Russia ­ as well as in countries that are part of the “coalition […]

Mar. 18, 2003

Additional Findings and Analyses

81% in Spain Oppose War Outside of Great Britain, the prospect of war in Iraq draws substantial ­ in many cases overwhelming ­ opposition. Among other U.S. allies, publics reject participating in a military coalition against Iraq by much wider margins. The Spanish oppose joining an allied military action against Iraq by more than six-to-one […]

Feb. 20, 2003

U.S. Needs More International Backing

Introduction and Summary A solid 66% majority of Americans favor the use of military force against Iraq, as long as the U.S. has sufficient backing for military action from major allies. But there is a growing belief that the U.S. does not yet have enough international support to conduct the war following the Feb. 14 […]

Feb. 20, 2003

Other Important Findings and Analyses

Perceptions Linked to Views of War Supporters and opponents of military action in Iraq look at the crisis in very different ways, especially the ongoing efforts of U.N. weapons inspectors. A majority of Americans (58%) think the weapons inspections process has clearly shown that Iraq will not cooperate and cannot be peacefully disarmed, while roughly […]

Feb. 20, 2003

Council on Foreign Relations Commentary

Commentary by Lee Feinstein, Deputy Director of Studies, Council on Foreign Relations Support for War Hinges on Backing from Allies and U.N. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s two-hour briefing from double-spaced notes on loose leaf paper persuaded President Bush to go to the U.N. to support a war against Saddam Hussein, according to the now-famous […]

Feb. 14, 2003

Powell Reversed the Trend but not the Tenor of Public Opinion

The American public reacted very favorably to Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation to the U.N. Security Council. The flurry of polling conducted over the past week indicates that he made convincing points to the American public about the dangers posed by Saddam’s Hussein’s regime. Powell and President Bush, in his State of the Union […]

Jan. 30, 2003

Public Struggles with Possible War in Iraq

Polls Surprisingly Consistent

Jan. 16, 2003

Public Wants Proof of Iraqi Weapons Programs

Summary of Findings A two-thirds majority of the public continues to express qualified support for the idea of using military force to end the rule of Saddam Hussein. But the Bush administration may face a major challenge in winning public support for the use of force if U.N. weapons inspections yield anything less than evidence […]

Dec. 12, 2002

Public More Internationalist than in 1990s

Summary of Findings Americans continue to hold more internationalist views than they did prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The public favors cooperation with the United Nations and taking into account the views of U.S. allies to a greater extent than in the 1990s. Most notably, there has been a decline in the percentage […]

Dec. 4, 2002

What the World Thinks in 2002

Introduction and Summary Global Gloom and Growing Anti-Americanism Despite an initial outpouring of public sympathy for America following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, discontent with the United States has grown around the world over the past two years. Images of the U.S. have been tarnished in all types of nations: among longtime NATO allies, […]

Oct. 30, 2002

Support for Potential Military Action Slips to 55%

Summary of Findings A growing number of Americans oppose military action in Iraq, amid widespread concern over the potential negative consequences of war. For the first time since the Iraq debate intensified this summer, a majority of Democrats oppose the use of force to remove Saddam Hussein from power. And while a 55% majority still […]

Oct. 17, 2002

Generations Divide Over Military Action in Iraq

A Pew Research Center Note

Oct. 10, 2002

Commentary by Lee Feinstein, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

A sizable majority of Americans continue to support a war to oust Saddam Hussein, and most seem to believe the worst about possible links between the Iraqi leader and the Al Qaeda terrorists, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center For The People & The Press in collaboration with the Council on […]

Oct. 10, 2002

Americans Thinking About Iraq, But Focused on the Economy

Introduction and Summary A possible war with Iraq is an increasing concern of the American public. It has emerged as the national issue that people discuss most often with family and friends, and news interest in the Iraq debate rose dramatically in September. But as the midterm elections approach, it is the economy and other […]

Oct. 10, 2002

Other Important Findings and Analyses

Congressional Race Remains Tight As has been the case for the past year, neither political party has a clear advantage in the upcoming battle for control of the House. Voters are evenly divided, with 44% favoring the Republican candidate in their district, and 46% favoring the Democrat. And when the population is limited to likely […]

Sep. 19, 2002

Other Important Findings and Analyses

Public interest in campaign news is at the same level as it was at this stage in the 1998 election, and only somewhat lower than in 1994 and 1990. These early September surveys coincide with the conclusion of many local primary races. In addition to comparable public interest in the campaign, other indicators of voter […]

Sep. 19, 2002

Bush Engages and Persuades Public on Iraq

Introduction and Summary With his speech to the United Nations, President Bush took an important step in making the public case for military action against Iraq. A 52% majority now says Bush has explained clearly what’s at stake for the United States in Iraq. Less than a month ago, just 37% felt the president had […]

Sep. 5, 2002

Commentary by Lee Feinstein, Senior Fellow

  Council on Foreign Relations Politicians and political consultants generally believe elections are not won or lost on foreign policy issues. With the midterm congressional elections approaching, many political experts contend this is true, even in the aftermath of last September’s terrorist attacks and with a military confrontation with Iraq looming. The latest nationwide poll […]