Most Americans expect the gulf war to last several months and would not have confidence in Vice President Dan Quayle's ability to lead it should anything happen to President Bush, a poll released Saturday showed.

The survey of 1,000 people, conducted for Time magazine and Cable News Network, found 54 percent of Americans believe the allied forces should continue to rely on aerial bombing. Only 32 percent favor launching a ground war.Only 41 percent of those surveyed by telephone Jan. 24 said killing Saddam Hussein should be a major goal.

Fifty-nine percent of those polled expect the war to last four to six months more or longer.

Only 28 percent of those surveyed said they would feel confident that Quayle could lead the nation in the the war with Iraq if something were to happen to Bush. Even among Republicans, just 42 percent expressed confidence in Quayle's ability to lead.