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Iraq poll puts pressure on Blair

Blair won a vote in parliament approving military action in Iraq.

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Has Tony Blair properly explained his case for going to war in Iraq?

LONDON, England -- British support for military action in Iraq and trust in Prime Minister Tony Blair have dropped further, according to an opinion poll Tuesday.

About 47 percent of voters now say it was right to go to war, compared with 64 percent in April and 58 percent in June, according to the survey published in The Times of London. Forty-five percent said it was "wrong," up from 24 percent in April.

And 54 percent of those questioned would not trust Blair "as far as they could throw him," compared with 41 percent who said they did trust him.

The Populus survey, taken over the weekend, is a further blow to Blair as he appeared before a committee of MPs Tuesday to defend his decision to send British troops to Iraq. (Full story)

On Monday another panel criticized Blair for "misrepresenting" intelligence reports on Iraq's weapons program. (Full story)

The threat posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction was used by Blair to get the support of parliament for military action. So far no such weapons have been found in Iraq.

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