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Thursday, February 20, 2003 The quiet Americans…for war
It's become a habit now. Weekend peace marchers fill the streets. The organizers tell us the "new" peace movement is growing across the land. Reporters go out of their way to tell us (assure us?) that this winter's demonstrators are not just your organic-garden-variety peaceniks or antiwar fringe. No, they're freshly galvanized everyday middle-class Americans, businessmen and women, suburbanites, soccer moms and lawn-mowing dads -- Republicans even.
I have my doubts about some of this...
Just go to PollingReport.com. There, you'll find a rundown of U.S. opinion polls on Iraq. The most recent CBS News/New York Times poll showed that 66 percent approved military action and 29 percent disapproved. FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll (Feb. 11-12) had 69 percent supporting a war and 23 percent opposing. A Newsweek Poll by Princeton Survey Research Associates found 70 percent favored military action and 25 percent did not. The CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll found that 63 percent supported invading Iraq and 34 percent opposed -- the highest level of support and lowest level of opposition this one poll has reported.
Somebody must not be telling the public about the growing peace movement.