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March 16, 2003

Capital Region divided on war and Bush

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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 (44 percent).

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.

Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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