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Saturday, November 15, 2003

For anyone who is willing to download a huge pdf file, there is a very interesting poll on US public beliefs about the war in Iraq here. A link directly to the 330 kb report that might last. To me the surprising thing is how well informed Americans seem to be. In particular the answers to follow up questions seem to help make sense of the headline numbers. It might mainly be that the program on international policy attitudes (PIPA) and I agree on what is reasonable and they have cleverly lead respondents there.

Anyway to me reassuring reading. First I find PIPA's analysis of majority US opinion convincing and am pleased and surprised that the debate is not (yet) so polarised that it makes no sense to talk of such a thing. Second Americans seem surprisingly well informed and eager to be reasonable.

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