Americans Confident About War Goals, See a Benefit to Afghanis in Removal of Taliban

Divided on Whether Anthrax Incidents are Part of Same Terrorist Attack; Split on Whether Muslims in Afghanistan and Elsewhere Have Legitimate Complaints About U.S.; Not Willing to Call U.S. Media One-Sided on Failing to Report Muslim Side of Issues

Contact: Thomas Riehle, President Ipsos-Reid U.S. Public Affairs 202.463.7300 Between October 19-21, 2001, Ipsos-Reid Express interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 US adults nationwide by telephone. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%. On questions that were asked of half the sample, the margin of error is +/- 4.5%. "Americans believe the U.S.-led military action in Afghanistan represents a legitimate defense of freedom, peace and democracy, but on other questions, a third of Americans say it is too early to tell. Fully 59% believe the people of Afghanistan will be better off if the Taliban is removed from power as a result. Only half (53%) are completely sure the anthrax exposure incidents are part of the same terrorist attack begun on September 11. "Interestingly, it is the question of whether there is any legitimacy in Muslim complaints that is most closely related to the question of whether further terrorist attacks will succeed. Among those who fear many successful terrorist attacks, 48% say Muslim countries have legitimate complaints about the U.S. role in the region. Among those who expect a few attacks to succeed, 36% say Muslims have legitimate complaints against the U.S., and among those who expect the U.S. to block all further terrorist attempts, only 22% credit Muslims with having legitimate complaints. Overall, 32% say they believe Muslims have legitimate complaints, 32% say they do not, and 33% are not able to say at this time," Riehle reports. (ASKED OF HALF THE SAMPLE) Completely Believe, Completely Doubt, or Unable to Say Whether ...
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    U.S. led military actions against Afghanistan are a legitimate defense of such values as freedom, peace, and democracy.

    The people of Afghanistan will be much better off if the U.S. succeeds in removing the Taliban from power and another group takes power there.
    The Anthrax contamination in Florida, New York, and Washington, DC are part of a continuing terrorist attack against the United States
    The people of Afghanistan and other Muslim countries have legitimate complaints about the role of the U.S. in the region.
    U.S. media reports are only giving one side of the issues and not really reporting the Muslim side of the issues

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