NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- Americans overwhelmingly consider the war in Iraq a success, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released Tuesday.
A majority of Americans said the victory will stand even if Saddam Hussein remains at large or if the United States fails to find chemical or nuclear weapons.
But a majority of those questioned remain opposed to a policy of pre-emptive attack like the one President George W. Bush invoked in invading Iraq, and now expect the nation's military to turn its attention to North Korea, Syria or Iran.
At home, the success in Iraq has increased the president's political standing. The Times/CBS News poll found that 73 percent of Americans approve of his job performance -- up from 59 percent the week before the war.
Bush's approval rating among Democrats was 61 percent, the poll said.
The telephone poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, and involved 898 adults. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The poll also found that for the first time since 2001, a majority of Americans, 62 percent, believe that the nation is winning the war on terrorism.
Seventy-nine percent of respondents approve of Bush's handling of Iraq, the most support the president has received on his Iraq policy. Still, a majority of Americans said future interventions should be done as part of an international coalition.
But as the White House stepped up its criticism of Syria Monday, the Times/CBS News poll found North Korea was of far more concern that Syria: 39 percent of those respondents named North Korea, compared to just 5 percent who cited Syria. One percent named Iran.