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UW-Eau Claire Survey Shows
Local Voters Oppose Invasion
MAILED: Dec. 6, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — A recent survey of Eau Claire County voters showed that one-half oppose the United States invading Iraq on its own while nearly one-third remained undecided.
Results indicated that 50 percent of respondents oppose the United States venturing into Iraq alone. Approximately 16 percent favored the United States taking action on its own. About 32 percent said they felt neutral, and 2 percent did not respond. The survey had a margin of error of 4 percentage points at a confidence level of 95 percent.
Students in communication research and public relations courses at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire administered the telephone survey during the month before the recent election. In all, 440 voters responded.
“The most notable result is the strong opposition to the United States invading alone,” said Edward Frederick, associate professor in communications and journalism department and instructor for the two courses. “Very few of the voters favored the United States going into Iraq on its own.
“Even if a large majority of undecided respondents eventually switched to favoring the question, more would still oppose the United States invading by itself.”
Results revealed differences among members of the two major political parties. For both Republicans and Democrats, more opposed than favored the invasion, but a much larger percentage of Democrats than of Republicans opposed invading Iraq.
“Over 60 percent of those identifying themselves as Democrats opposed the U.S. invading Iraq on its own,” Frederick said. “About 37 percent of Republicans opposed the invasion.”
Results indicated that approximately 29 percent of Republicans favored the United States invading alone while13 percent of Democrats favored the idea. Approximately 34 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats were neutral.
Approximately 13 percent of Green Party members were neutral and about 87 percent opposed the idea. More than 27 percent of Independent Party members were neutral; 60 percent opposed and 13 percent favored the invasion. Approximately 40 percent of Independents were neutral; 49 percent opposed and 11 percent favored the action.
The differences between conservatives and liberals were not as pronounced as those by political party, Frederick said. For both groups, the largest proportions opposed the United States invading Iraq on its own. About one-third of both groups were neutral.
For students, the project was an opportunity to examine Eau Claire voters’ views on the issue.
Brittany Garratt, a UW-Eau Claire junior, said that many of the voters she interviewed felt an invasion was inevitable, but that the United States should not do so alone.
Junior Jesse Okiror said the results surprised him because he thought more Eau Claire County voters would support the invasion. “People weren’t as gung-ho about invading as I thought they’d be.”
Katie Johnson, also a junior at UW-Eau Claire, said that many of the voters she interviewed felt the issue was very important, but wanted to know more about the situation.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: December 6, 2002