Most Residents Now Oppose Iraq War


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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 21, 2005

Only 38% of the residents polled say the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over, compared to 50% last year.

Survey director Amy Liu of Sacramento State’s Institute for Social Research says she wasn’t expecting such a big decline. "A little bit surprised. The drop is pretty significant, especially compared to the national data. A recent Gallop Poll indicated that 51-percent still think it’s not a mistake to send US troops."

She says the decline in approval for the war is most stunning in El Dorado County, where last year 68% of residents supported the decision to go to war. Right now it’s at 39%.

Researchers also measured opinion by county. "Sacramento is a very interesting place depending on which county you look at," says Liu. "If you look at Yolo County, it’s only 28% think it’s worthwhile going to war, Sacramento 37% think so and El Dorado 39% think so but once you get to Placer County then 50% think it’s worthwhile going to war."

The survey included over 880 randomly selected adults in the Sacramento area who were interviewed over the phone from February 15th to March 10th.