Poll: three-fourths of Oklahomans approve of war

Sunday, April 13th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

About three-fourths of Oklahomans approve of the war in Iraq, a new poll shows.

The Oklahoma Poll, sponsored by the Tulsa World, also says a majority of people think it's unpatriotic to oppose the war. The telephone survey of 750 people statewide was taken March 30-April 7 by Tulsa-based Consumer Logic. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The poll showed:
-- 74 percent of people support President Bush's decision to go to war without further U.N. approval.
-- 22 percent disapprove of the president's decision.
-- 77 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Democrats and 76 percent of independents surveyed gave the president a high approval rating.

The Oklahoma Poll showed fewer Tulsans approved of Bush's
decision to go to war compared to residents in other parts of the
state, said poll consultant Al Soltow.

Sixty-eight percent of Tulsans agreed with the president, compared to 77 percent in Oklahoma City and 75 percent in the rest of the state.
The results mirror recent nationwide polling.

An April 8-9 Zogby International poll found 75 percent of Americans support the war against Iraq. About 22 percent in the national telephone poll of 1,076 likely voters opposed the conflict. That poll had a margin of error rate of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

The Oklahoma Poll also asked respondents whether they "think it is unpatriotic to oppose the U.S.-led war in Iraq?"

Fifty-seven percent said yes, while 39 percent said no and 4 percent came to no conclusion.More Tulsans, 57 percent, said it was unpatriotic than residents of Oklahoma City, 52 percent. Sixty percent of those surveyed in
the rest of the state felt that way.

A higher percentage of men and Republicans said it was unpatriotic to oppose the conflict, Soltow said.

Young people were more inclined than older people to feel that opposing the war is not unpatriotic, he said.