The Pew Research Center conducted a poll on the U.S. public‘s views on the Middle East in early October. Around 56 percent of respondents favored taking a firm stand against Iran, while 35 percent preferred avoiding war. The results were released on October 18, ahead of the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The poll found that 78 percent of Romney’s supporters favor taking a “firm stand,” compared to 43 percent of Obama’s supporters. The following are excerpts from the poll.
Among registered voters, 78% of those who support Romney say it is more important to take a firm stand against Iran; just 17% say it is more important to avoid a military conflict with Iran. Obama supporters are divided – 48% say it is more important to avoid a military conflict, while 43% say it is more important to take a firm stand against Iran.