Americans are less supportive of a war with Iraq than we were last month, and less approving of the President, according to a TIME/CNN telephone poll of 1,004 adults conducted by Harris Interactive on Aug. 28-29. A separate online survey of 1,176 children ages 8 to 18 conducted for TIME/Nickelodeon found that kids have many of the same concerns--and fears.
Margin of error is +/- 3.1% for the adult poll and +/- 2.9% for the children's survey. "Not sures" generally omitted
In general, do you approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
AUGUST Approve 65% Disapprove 28%
JULY Approve 70% Disapprove 24%
Do you think President Bush is doing a good job handling foreign policy?
AUGUST Good 56%
JULY Good 64%
What kind of job would you say that President Bush has done in responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?
AUGUST Good 45% Very Good 35% Poor 13% Very Poor 5% Not Sure 2%
JANUARY Good 37% Very Good 53% Poor 6% Very Poor 3% Not Sure 1%
How often do you think about what happened on Sept. 11?
Adults Children 18 or older 8 to 18 Aug. 28-29 Aug. 15-21
Every day 30% 8% Several times a week 35% 17% A few times a month 27% 41% Hardly ever 6% 27% Don't think about it at all 2% 7%
Do you think the U.S. should use military action involving ground troops to attempt to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq?
AUGUST Should 51% Should not 40%
DECEMBER Should 73% Should not 22%
Do you think that President Bush should have the option of using military force against Iraq without Congress's authorization?
Use force without authorization 28% Only with authorization 68%
Are you worried that a terrorist act will occur in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2002?
Yes, worried 31% Not worried 67%
How likely do you think it is that an act of terrorism will occur somewhere in the U.S. in the next 12 months?
AUGUST Very likely 29% Somewhat likely 50% Not very likely 14%
MAY Very likely 57% Somewhat likely 33% Not very likely 6%
Do you think Sept. 11 should be a national holiday every year like Veterans Day or Memorial Day?
ADULTS 18 or OLDER Yes 44% No 51%
CHILDREN 8 to 18 Yes 61% No 39%
Which of the following are you likely to do on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks? ADULTS CHILDREN 18 or OLDER 8 TO 18
Fly the American flag 80% 78% Pray by myself 77% 69% Attend a memorial service 32% 28% Watch a program about 9/11 on television 68% n/a Talk to people about 9/11 on the Internet 18% 26%