Americans say war won, N Korea next threat
Bush's approval rating has jumped 14 points since start of Iraqi war to 73% and 79% of respondents approve of the way he has been handling Iraq.india Updated: Apr 16, 2003 12:23 IST
Most Americans consider the US-led war in Iraq a success even without capturing Saddam Hussein, and that the next serious threat to the United States is North Korea, according to a poll released on Tuesday.
US President George W Bush's approval rating has jumped 14 points since the start of the Iraqi war to 73 per cent, and 79 per cent of respondents approve of the way he has been handling Iraq, said the New York Times/CBS News poll.
Seventy-eight per cent approved of the military action taken against Iraq, with 51 per cent believing the war has been won even if Saddam remains at large and 60 per cent even if the United States fails to find weapons of mass destruction.
However, 51 per cent said the United States should not attack another country unless it comes under attack first, compared to 38 per cent who believe it should attack if there it comes under threat.
And 48 per cent said the United States should stay out of other country's affairs, against 28 per cent who said it should end dictatorships where it can.
Two out of three Americans believe there is a country that poses a threat to the United States: 39 per cent believe it is North Korea, six per cent say it is China and five per cent said it was Syria.
Fifty-six per cent believe the United States is heading in the right direction, up 20 points since February.
On the economic front, 54 per cent were confident of Bush's ability to make the right decisions about the economy, but only 46 per cent approved of the way Bush is handling the economy so far, against 41 per cent who do not.
The 898 adults surveyed by telephone from Friday through Sunday were evenly divided, 42-42 per cent, on which party, Republican or Democrat, would do a better job in managing the US economy.
The poll's margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points.