Apr. 17, 2002

Commentary by Kenneth M. Pollack Director, National Security Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations

The Atlantic Grows Wider The gap between the United States and European public opinion on dealing with terrorism continues to grow, according to the latest Pew Research Center public opinion survey of the United States and four leading European countries (Germany, Italy, France, and Britain). The poll was conducted in association with the Council on […]

Apr. 17, 2002

Other Important Findings and Analyses

War on Terrorism Widely Supported Not surprisingly, virtually all Americans (83%) approve of the U.S.-led military campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Support is nearly as high in Great Britain, where 73% approve and 18% disapprove. Larger minorities in France, Germany and especially Italy dissent from this view, but majorities in all […]

Jan. 22, 2002

Americans Favor Force in Iraq, Somalia, Sudan andÂ……

Introduction The public expects and supports continued military action to combat terrorism. No less than 92% think the United States will have to use military force to reduce the threat of terrorism, even if Osama bin Laden is captured or killed. The perception that the fight against terrorism remains unfinished also is reflected in the […]

Jan. 22, 2002

Other Important Findings

Many Reasons Justify Iraq Action Americans see several possible justifications for expanding the war into Iraq. Fully 83% say evidence that Iraq abetted the Sept. 11 attacks would be a very important reason for using force. Nearly as many say force is justified if Iraq is developing weapons of mass destruction (77%) or is harboring […]

Jan. 22, 2002

Commentary by Kenneth M. Pollack, Deputy Director – National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

The American Public Contemplates Phase II of the War on Terrorism Although U.S. forces remain deeply engaged in the hunt for Osama bin Ladin and other mopping up operations in Afghanistan, the Administration has begun to think about carrying the war against terrorism beyond Afghanistan. The U.S. has begun to deploy troops to the Philippines […]