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Support for Iraq invasion drops 19 percent in 9 months

(CNN) -- Support for sending U.S. ground troops to Iraq to oust President Saddam Hussein has dropped from 70 percent in December to 51 percent today, spurred more by practical concerns than ethical ones, according to a new CNN/ Time poll.

Most Americans agree with the Bush administration's argument that the United States would be morally justified in invading Iraq.

But nearly half say that action would lead to a long and costly war before the United States could claim victory; another one in seven believe the United States would eventually have to withdraw from Iraq without a victory.

Large majorities say that military action in Iraq would lead to higher oil prices, instability in the Middle East, and an increased chance of terrorism in the United States.




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