53% of online Americans support war in Iraq

Some 53% of the respondents to Pew Internet survey said they thought the decision to go to war was right and 39% thought it was wrong. As of early July, 53% of internet users had gotten news about the Iraq war online or through email. That represents over 67 million people. People had heard more of the arguments for and against the use of military force against Iraq. A typical respondent heard at least occasionally 7.1 out of 8 arguments Pew queried. Of all the arguments being made in favor of the war, the most well-known was that Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who murdered and tortured his own people (98% of Americans had heard that). The most well-known anti-war argument was that the Bush administration had misled Americans about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction (87% had heard that argument).