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New poll shows Canadians want UN backing before going to war
Last Updated Sat, 22 Feb 2003 9:19:57

OTTAWA - A new poll done for CBC News shows Canadians have turned increasingly wary of war.

INDEPTH: Iraq

"Canadian support for a war in Iraq is dwindling," said
pollster Frank Graves who carried out the survey by Ekos Research for CBC, SRC, the Toronto Star and La Presse. Graves says his numbers prove it.


Prime Minister Jean Chr?tien
The poll conducted this week found support for an attack on Iraq from 63 per cent of Canadians, but only with the full backing of the UN Security Council. A full 35 per cent oppose an attack even with UN backing.

The figures are even starker - the numbers change dramatically - when UN support is taken away. Without the UN just 25 per cent would support an attack - 74 per cent are opposed.

The poll questioned 1,006 people 18 years of age or older, between Feb. 18 and Feb. 20.

The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.


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Canadians back Chrétien on war, poll finds
71% approve of decision to stay out
Toronto Star - March 22 2003
TIM HARPER
OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF

OTTAWA—Jean Chrétien's decision to stay out of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has met with widespread approval in this country and is backed by a majority of respondents everywhere except Alberta, according to a Star poll. The poll, conducted for the Star and the Montreal newspaper La Presse by EKOS Research Associates, found 71 per cent of those polled backed the decision by the Liberal government, with 27 per cent registering their disapproval.




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