79% oppose U.S. war on Iraq

Recent surveys show that the majority of Japanese people are opposed to a possible U.S. attack against Iraq.

In a Kyodo News phone survey 78.7 percent of respondents said they oppose a U.S.-led war on Iraq, while 15.5 percent said they support it.

48.5 percent said Japan's government should not support a military attack on Iraq, an increase of 9.7 points from the last survey carried out in January.

In a survey conducted by the Nikkei Shimbun, 69 percent of the respondents expressed their opposition to a strike against Iraq.

Both news organizations also found out that the popular support rate for the Koizumi Cabinet went down. In the Kyodo survey, 48.8 percent of respondents expressed their approval of the cabinet, down from the 54.6 percent recorded in the January poll. (end)

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