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Ground War Delay Backed in Poll

<i> Associated Press</i>

Americans overwhelmingly prefer that U.S. aerial bombing continue before a possible ground assault is launched against Kuwait, according to a poll released Friday.

The results of a New York Times-CBS News poll conducted Tuesday and Wednesday indicated that a bloody ground war would significantly reduce public support for the Gulf War.

Of 1,060 adults interviewed by telephone, 79% said they wanted to continue the air campaign for several weeks. But 71% expected a ground war would eventually be necessary.

One-quarter of those polled said the war would not be worth its cost in human life and money. If a bloody ground war with thousands of American deaths ensued, 42% said the war would not be worth its cost.

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