Poll shows most Americans support military action

Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2001

The results of a public opinion survey taken after President Bush's speech Thursday to a joint session of Congress outlining measures the government would take to respond to the terrorist attacks. Newsweek magazine polled 1,005 adults Thursday and Friday and had an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

A majority of Americans remain supportive of a military response against those suspected of terrorism, even if it is not certain they were linked to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Six in 10 said they are willing to wait as long as it takes to plan an effective military strike.

More Americans think intelligence operations, freezing terrorists' finances and putting top terrorists on trial will be effective than killing those leaders or attacking their bases.

Majorities of Americans said they felt more secure, had a better grasp of who the terrorists are and the way the government believes the terrorists will have to be fought after listening to the Bush's speech.

Slightly fewer than half of those polled said they think Bush's foreign policy team is as good as past presidents' teams.

; a quarter of respondents think it is better.

Seventy-seven percent said they had ''a lot'' of confidence in Secretary of State Colin Powell; only 39 percent had the same level of confidence in National Security adviser Condoleezza Rice.

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