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Backing for Saddam in Jordan
A Panorama poll reveals that 64 per cent of Jordanians think Iraq would not be better off if Saddam was deposed
Nearly two thirds of people in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan think that the people of Iraq would not be better off if Saddam Hussein was deposed, according to a BBC survey.

A poll conducted for the BBC's Panorama programme showed that just 22 per cent of Jordanians thought the Iraqis would be better off if Saddam left power, while 64 per cent thought they would not be better off without him.

The survey was carried out ahead of Sunday's Panorama programme to gauge the opinions of people in the Middle East to a war with Iraq.

These results are in direct contrast to the same survey carried out in America, where 87 per cent of people thought that Iraq would be a better place without Saddam.

Oil supplies

The poll reveals that the people of Jordan are also convinced about the West's motives for any war with Iraq.

Sixty eight per cent of those questioned in the survey felt that the main reason for any conflict would be to secure oil supplies. Only four per cent believed it was about preventing another major terrorist attack.

The people of Jordan are overwhelmingly in favour of letting the people of Iraq choose their own destiny, according to the poll.

More than three quarters of those polled (76 per cent) thought that the only way Saddam Hussein should be removed from power if by the people of Iraq. Only one in five (20 per cent) thought that military force with a UN mandate would be an acceptable way to depose Saddam.

Support for Chirac

And when it comes to world leaders, the people of Jordan are in no doubt as to who has been shining on the world stage.

Nearly nine out of 10 people (89 per cent) questioned in the Middle Eastern state thought that French President Jacques Chirac had shown the greatest leader in dealing with the Iraq crisis so far.

President Chirac has opposed military action in Iraq and maintains that the international weapons inspectors can resolve the crisis in a peaceful manner. He has insisted that force should only be used as a last resort.

Only five per cent of Jordanians believed that George W Bush had shown the greatest leadership in his stand on the war against Iraq.

However 74 per cent of those asked in the USA said that their president was doing the best job, with 16 per cent believing that British Prime Minister Tony Blair had shown the greatest leadership.

Panorama: Bush vs Saddam, will be broadcast on BBC One at 22:15 GMT on Sunday, 2 March 2003

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