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90pc Americans satisfied with war progress: Poll

Ninety-one percent of Americans believe the war in Iraq has been progressing well, though 84 percent anticipate a tough fight for Baghdad.

world Updated: Apr 05, 2003 03:03 IST

Ninety-one percent of Americans believe the war in Iraq has been progressing well, though 84 percent anticipate a tough fight for Baghdad, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll published online on Friday.

Nearly half of those polled (47 percent) believe the war is going "very well," up 13 points from a week ago.

Support for the war has held steady since the conflict broke out two weeks ago, with nearly three in four Americans backing the decision to invade Iraq, while 58 percent say they "strongly" support the move.

The number of respondents who believe the war will drag on for months has dwindled, down to 44 percent from 57 percent a week ago. Similarly, fewer Americans anticipate a large number of casualties, down to 69 percent from 82 percent.

President George W Bush got a boost from the renewed sense of optimism about the war, with his approval rating climbing to 71 percent, his highest rating since last summer.

Fifty-four percent of those polled say they "strongly" approve of the president's handling of his job, up 16 percent from a month ago.

Some 511 people were polled for the April 3 survey, which carries a five-percentage-point margin of error.

First Published: Apr 05, 2003 03:03 IST