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Published on February 3rd, 2012 | by Eli Clifton


Poll: Only Seventeen Percent Of U.S. Public Supports Military Action Against Iran

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Republished by arrangement with Think Progress

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reminded Congress earlier this week that U.S. intelligence estimates indicate that Iran has not yet decided to build a nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, U.N. nuclear inspectors report that their recent talks in Tehran made for a “good trip” and scheduled a second round of talks for later this month, and a flurry of recent articles from experts have cast doubt on the effectiveness of a U.S. or Israeli military attack on Iran’s nuclear program.

While some of the more hawkish rhetoric and efforts to drive forward on unilateral sanctions continue to come out of Congress, the new United Technologies/National Journal “Congressional Connection Poll,” found that public support for a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is extremely low.

Forty-seven percent of respondents favored economic sanctions against Iran, only 13 percent said the U.S. should “go farther and take covert action against Iran such as sabotage and assassination of scientists working on their nuclear program,” and 17 percent would support “tak[ing] military action against Iran, including bombing weapons facilities inside the country.”

The combination of E.U. sanctions banning oil purchases from Iran and tighter U.S. sanctions led 60 percent of National Journal’s “National Security Insiders,” in a separate poll, to conclude that the new sanctions regime will stave off the need for military action.

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Eli Clifton is a reporter at the American Independent News Network. He formerly wrote on U.S. national security at and reported on U.S. foreign policy as well as trade and finance at the Washington bureau of IPS. His articles have also appeared on Right Web and in the South China Morning Post. Eli has a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College and an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

3 Responses to Poll: Only Seventeen Percent Of U.S. Public Supports Military Action Against Iran

  1. avatar Pat OConnor says:

    I am a US citizen, I do not hate people from Iran. I do not want war between our countries. I pray that we will find peace. I pray for all people in the world.

    We all want the same things.

  2. avatar Cyrus says:

    Nevertheless the US media is ready to scaremonger about a war in the Mideast with David Ignatius of the WashPost falsely attributing views to US Def Sec Panetta about an imminent ISraeli attack on Iran (which Panetta himself explicitly denied.)

  3. avatar JohnH says:

    The 17% support for a US attack provides a measure of potential blowback onto the Jewish community should Israel drag the US into yet another war on its behalf.

    I wonder if neocon crazies have really thought this through.

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