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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poll: 85% of Americans Back Military Action

NEW YORK -- About two-thirds of Americans expect their country to go to war after last week's devastating terror attacks, and a large majority approves of President George W. Bush's leadership, said a New York Times/CBS News Poll published Sunday.

In findings similar to other polls since Tuesday's attacks, the latest survey found that 85 percent backed U.S. military action against those responsible. Among respondents, 75 percent still supported military engagement even if that risked the deaths of innocent people. Sixty-eight percent said they believed the United States would go to war.

The telephone poll of 959 adults nationwide was conducted Thursday and Friday and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Those who lived through World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam were the least likely to back military action, the poll showed.

Since the attacks, Bush's approval rating has soared to 84 percent from 50 percent just over a month ago, the poll found.

Seven in 10 respondents said Bush was a strong leader, including 55 percent of Democrats. That was his highest rating in the New York Times/CBS News survey since he became president in January and was up from 54 percent in June.

The latest poll revealed Americans were ready to change lifestyles and sacrifice some freedoms in return for higher levels of safety.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday gave Bush an 86 percent approval rating and showed nearly seven out of 10 Americans supported military action against the groups or countries responsible for the attacks, even if that meant a long war with heavy U.S. casualties.