Quinnipiac Poll: Half Favor Attacking Iran If Sanctions Fail

Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 04:01 PM

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A majority of American voters don’t believe U.S. economic sanctions will be effective against Iran. And half of them believe that, if sanctions do fail, the United States should launch a military attack against the violent Muslim regime, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

The survey shows that 60 percent of voters don’t think sanctions will be effective in deterring Iran from developing nuclear weapons, compared to 33 percent who believe they will be effective. And if sanctions don’t work, 50 percent of respondents say the United States should take military action, while 38 percent disagree.

At this moment, only 36 percent of Americans support a military attack against Iran, compared with 55 percent who don’t. If Israel decides to attack Iran, 46 percent of voters say we should support our ally, while 6 percent say the United States should oppose the move, and 44 percent say we should take a neutral stance.

Americans clearly are worried about Iran, with 88 percent of voters saying the country’s nuclear program represents a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” threat to U.S. national security.

President Barack Obama scores well on Iran, with 46 percent of respondents approving the way he is handling relations with the country and 38 percent objecting.

Obama ordered new sanctions Monday against anyone helping Iran’s oil and petrochemical development.


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