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WASHINGTON—Here are some responses from a new poll on U.S. views toward Iraq:


Who should direct humanitarian relief and economic reconstruction in Iraq?

The U.S.:

40 percent

The U.N.:

57 percent

(No answer): 3 percent


Now that the U.S. has toppled the government of Iraq, do you think the chances that other countries will try to develop nuclear weapons is higher, lower or unchanged?


15 percent


36 percent


47 percent

(No answer)

2 percent


Six months from now, do you think it is more likely that Iraq will:

Have a stable government:

53 percent

Be unstable and chaotic:

42 percent

(No answer)

4 percent


Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement: The U.S. has the right and even the responsibility to overthrow dictatorships.


38 percent


57 percent

(No answer): 5 percent


Source: Program on International Policy Studies, University of Maryland/Knowledge Networks. Dates of survey: April 18-22. Sample size: 865 Margin of error: plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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