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US was too optimistic about Iraq war: Poll

A majority of Americans say the US government was too optimistic in predicting what was likely to happen in the war with Iraq, according to a latest poll.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2003 11:27 IST
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A majority of Americans say the US government was too optimistic in predicting what was likely to happen in the war with Iraq, according to a latest poll.

While a majority 55 per cent think the government had falsely raised expectations, 22 per cent feel that the officials were optimistic as they themselves believed in the forecast, the Time/CNN poll said.

But a larger percentage of 28 thinks that the officials did not actually believe in their own forecast but used it to increase public support for military action against Iraq.

Some 81 per cent of those polled said they are convinced that US prisoners of war are being treated "inappropriately" by Iraq while an almost similar 83 per cent of the respondents believe that US is treating Iraqi prisoners appropriately.

In the long run about 58 per cent believe the country's position in the world will be strengthened as a result of the war against Iraq. However, 30 per cent surveyed think it will weaken the country's position in the world.

Almost half of the respondents favoured US military doing everything it could to avoid killing Iraqi civilians even if it makes it more difficult to defeat Iraqi military. But40 per centsay the US military should do everything it can to defeat the Iraqi military even if that means additional Iraqi civilians are killed.

Almost 60 per cent Americans say they would support the war against Iraq if it resulted in the deaths of up to 500 US military personnel but the support drops to 47 per cent when asked if they would support the war if 1000 were killed.