Iranian act of war?

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Iranian act of war?

Amid Iranian threats to block international shipping lanes in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, we wanted to know whether Americans would consider it an act of war against the U.S. if Iran carried out its threat.

In response to our national scientific survey, 42% of Americans said yes, 23% said no, and 27% expresssed no opinion on the question.

Thirty-five percent of the world’s seaborne oil shipments passes through the 34-mile wide Strait.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta repeatedly warned in recent days that Iran blocking the Strait would be a “red line” that should not be crossed.

Our polling found Republicans felt far more strongly than Democrats and independents that Iran blocking the Strait would be an act of war.

Republicans: 57% yes, 21% no, 22% no opinion.

Democrats: 28% yes, 37% no, 36% no opinion.

Independents: 38% yes, 38% no, 24% no opinion.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,113 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 24, 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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Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position crosstabs – Strait of Hormuz.

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