Hill Poll: Half Support US Using Force to Block Nuclear Iran

Monday, 06 Feb 2012 10:24 AM

By Martin Gould

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Virtually half of the people likely to vote in the next election say the United States should be willing to use force to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, a new survey revealed on Monday.

The same voters also suggest it is time for the military to reallocate its resources by reducing or even eliminating its presence in both Europe and Korea, according to the poll, which Pulse Opinion Research conducted for The Hill on Feb. 2.

A total of 49 percent of likely voters said the United States should be willing to use force to stop Iran joining the nuclear arms race, according to the poll of 1,000 likely voters. Another 31 percent said it should not use force, while 20 percent were unsure. Men are considerably more hawkish on the issue than are women.

While 62 percent say they are concerned about an Iranian terrorist attack on the United States, only 49 percent oppose cutting military spending to help balance the budget, with 40 percent saying they favor the idea.

But when it comes to Europe and Korea, 1 in 10 say the military presence should be eliminated, and 42 percent contend that it should be cut. Just 5 percent say the presence there should be increased, while 36 percent say it should be maintained at its current level.

On another issue, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s proposal for a permanent colony on the moon gets a massive thumbs down, with only 1 voter in 5 approving of the plan.

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