Support war against Iran?
By a narrow margin Americans oppose the U.S. going to war against Iran over that country’s alleged nuclear weapons program. In a Poll Position National scientific telephone survey, 40% said they do not support the U.S. going to war against Iran, 35% said they would support military action, 25% had no opinion or offered no decision on the question.
At issue is the Iranian nuclear program. Iran says their program is for peaceful purposes to produce power for the country, the U.S. says Iran is developing a nuclear weapon for military purposes. Iran is under stiff economic sanctions from the U.S. and Europe over the issue. Tensions are rising in the Gulf. Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a corridor used for ships to transport oil to the rest of the world. Iran just conducted naval exercises in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. In those exercises Iran test fired a long range missile. The west views Iran’s action as a warning against more sanctions or possible military action against the Islamic Republic.
Republicans support the U.S. going to war with Iran over the alleged nuclear weapons program with 57% in favor, 22% against, 21% had no opinion. Democrats were opposed to U.S. military action against Iran with 52% saying no, 19% said they would support U.S. military action, 29% had no opinion. Among Independents, 49% said they would not support U.S. military action against Iran, 27% said they would support it, 24% had no opinion.
Men and women were at odds over the question. Among men, 42% said they would support U.S. military action against Iran, 40% said they would not, 18% did not have an opinion. Women countered with 41% opposing U.S. military action against Iran, 28% said they would support it, 29% offered no opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,155 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 05, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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