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Poll: Majority supports U.S. action in Iraq

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new poll suggests that a majority of Americans supports the use of U.S. ground troops to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein from power, but even more Americans said they supported sending U.S. ground troops to the Persian Gulf to prevent Iraq from developing weapons of mass destruction.

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll conducted between Friday and Monday, found that 57 percent of those surveyed said they supported sending U.S. troops to oust Saddam, while 39 percent said they were opposed. Also, 65 percent of the respondents said they supported using U.S. troops to eliminate weapons of mass destruction and 31 percent were opposed.

The poll, conducted before Iraq said it would allow the renewal of weapons inspections, surveyed 803 Americans and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

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