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The Iran Primer

9 Polls on U.S. and Israeli Opinions on Iran

U.S. and Israeli pollsters have recently surveyed public opinion about either an Israeli or U.S. attack on Iran’s suspected nuclear facilities. The questions in the following nine Israeli and American polls feature different timeframes and options.

  
Five U.S. public opinion polls
 
Reuters/Ipsos Public Affairs, March 8-11
 
56% would support U.S. military action against Iran if there is evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapon
62% of Americans would support Israel taking military action against Iran if there is evidence that Iran is building a nuclear weapon
30% oppose Israel taking military action against Iran if there is evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapon
 
 
CBS News/New York Times, March 7-11
 
51% of Americans would support U.S. military action in Iran for purposes of stopping the country from developing nuclear weapon
36% are opposed to U.S. military action against Iran
47% of Americans believe the United States should support Israel’s military action if Israel were to attack Iran in order to prevent it from developing a nuclear weapons program
42% believe the United States should not get involved action if Israel were to attack Iran in order to prevent it from developing a nuclear weapons program
 
 
ABC News/Washington Post, March 7-10
 
84% of Americans prefer direct diplomatic talks between the U.S. and Iran
41% support U.S. military action against Iran
53% oppose U.S. military action against Iran
42% of Americans would support Israel bombing Iran’s nuclear development sites
51% would oppose Israel bombing Iran’s nuclear development sites
 
 
Program on International Policy Attitudes/University of Maryland, March 3-7
 
69% of Americans favor continued efforts to pursue negotiations with Iran
49% of Americans think that the United States should take a neutral stance on the question regarding an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program
 
 
 
The Hill/Pulse Opinion Research, March 1
 
52% of Americans are very or somewhat supportive of an Israeli attack on Iran to destroy its nuclear program
41 % of Americans are very or somewhat opposed to an Israeli attack on Iran to destroy its nuclear program
 
 
 
Four Israeli public opinion polls:
 
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, April 27
 
65% believe a strike against the Iranian nuclear facilities would be preferable to accepting an Islamic Republic which has a military nuclear capability
60% believe only an attack could stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions
37% believe there are other ways of averting an Iranian bomb
 
  
Israeli Haaretz Newspaper, March 8
 
58% of Israelis oppose an attack on Iran without American support
 
 
Truman Institute, March
 
42% of Israelis support an attack on Iran even without U.S. support
51% oppose a strike on Iran without U.S. support
69% favor a strike in cooperation with the U.S.
 
 
Brookings Saban Center, February 29
 
19% of Israelis would support a strike without American backing
42% of Israelis would be in favor of an attack only if the United States is on board
34% are against an attack with or without U.S. support
 
 
 
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