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Pew: Majority Supports Attack on Iran Nukes

Tuesday, 06 Oct 2009 12:54 PM

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A majority of Americans — skeptical about whether diplomacy with Iran will succeed — say the U.S. should use military action if necessary to stop the Islamic Republic from developing a nuclear weapon, according to Bloomberg news.

Bloomberg reports that a Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey released Tuesday found 61 percent of Americans would support a military strike. Twenty-four percent said it is more important to avoid conflict even if that means Iran will end up building nuclear arms.

The Washington-based group found 63 percent support direct U.S. negotiations with Iran to push the country to abandon its nuclear program. But 64 percent said such efforts won’t succeed.

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In the Pew survey, although 78 percent said they would approve of tougher economic sanctions on Iran, 56 percent said they didn’t expect that such measures would persuade Iran to drop its nuclear program.

The poll was conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 4 among 1,500 adults, with an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The United States and its European allies are concerned that Iran is making headway on acquiring the capability to build a nuclear weapon. Iran told U.N. nuclear inspectors last month that it is building an underground nuclear-fuel plant, a facility that the United States, Britain, and France said was a secret site.

Read the full story at Bloomberg.com.

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