Region divided on war and Bush
Capital Region residents are less enthusiastic about a war with
Iraq than the country as a whole, with 51 percent in support of
the idea compared to 59 percent nationally, according to a survey
released today by researchers at California State University, Sacramento.
It found 43 percent of Capital Region residents oppose an Iraq war.
The annual survey’s findings on issues of national concern
are the first to be analyzed and released.
Researchers found strong differences among counties and groups in
the survey of the four-county region of Sacramento, Yolo, Placer
and El Dorado counties.
In Sacramento County, 49 percent supported a war with Iraq while
44 percent were opposed; in Yolo 42 percent supported and 53 percent
opposed; in Placer it was 53 percent and 39 percent; and in El Dorado
it was 65 percent and 32 percent. Republicans (72 percent), men
(55 percent) and Caucasians (52 percent) showed stronger support
than Democrats (32 percent), women (47 percent) and ethnic minorities
Capital Region residents gave President Bush a 58 percent approval
rating, about the same as the nation as a whole. They gave the highest
approval rating to Bush’s handling of homeland security (59
percent) and the lowest to his handling of the budget (40 percent).
The second “Annual Survey of Public Opinion and Life Quality
in the Sacramento Region” was conducted by CSUS sociology
professor Amy Liu and more than 30 students. They surveyed 824 randomly
selected adults in the Capital Region from Feb. 15 to March 9. The
margin of error is 3 percent.
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