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ADL Poll: Majority of Americans Support Military Action by U.S. And Israel to Prevent Iran from Developing Nuclear Weapons

New York, NY, April 13, 2005 A majority of the American people support military action by the United States and Israel to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons as a last resort, according the Anti-Defamation League's 2005 American Attitudes Toward Israel and the Middle East, a public opinion survey of 1,600 American adults conducted March 18-25 by the Marttila Communications Group.

When asked, "Do you think America should take military action to stop Iran from developing or trying to develop a nuclear weapons program," 53% said yes; 37% said no. When asked whether Israel should take military action to stop the Iranian nuclear program, 51% said yes, 34% said no.

"The findings are important, less for its prescription for any particular policy than for the recognition by the public of the serious danger inherent in Iran's Islamic regime achieving nuclear capability," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "This is a clear message from the American public that strong action is imperative in this matter. It should inform the Europeans that this is no time for procrastination, that UN sanctions against an uncooperative regime are needed, and that a military option, while only a last resort, is an acceptable option."

The findings on the Iranian question, however, do not correspond to American opinion on the broader issue of a pre-emptive strategy. By a margin of 58% to 32%, the public opposes a pre-emptive action when it is not clear that there is an immediate threat to America's national security.

The poll has a margin of error of +/-2.8%.


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