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Americans Support U.S. Military Action Against Iran

10:02 AM, Mar 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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A new poll conducted by the New York Times/CBS finds that "a majority of Americans say they would favor using U.S. military action against Iran to prevent the country from acquiring nuclear weapons," CBS reports. Fifty-one percent of Americans favor a targeted military strike aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, while 36 percent oppose it (13 percent are "unsure"). 

Between political parties, support is overwhelming from Republicans, while Democrats overall lean against a U.S. military strike. "66 percent of Republicans, compared with 40 percent of Democrats, would be in favor. Conversely, 50 percent of Democrats oppose the use of U.S. force in Iran, while only 24 percent of Republicans say the same. Fifty-one percent of independents would support taking U.S. military action in Iran to prevent the country from developing nuclear capabilities; 34 percent oppose it," CBS reports

Here's how the poll breaks down:

Additionally, CBS reports, a majority of both Republicans and Democrats believe the U.S. should support Israel "in the event the country undertakes its own military effort against Iran than those who say the U.S. should oppose it. According to the survey, 47 percent of Americans say the U.S. should support Israel in the event of an attack, while 42 percent say the U.S. should not get involved. That question, too, was divided along partisan lines. Republicans overwhelmingly (72 percent) say they would want the U.S. to get involved, while Democrats (55 percent) and independents (44 percent) say the U.S. should not get involved."

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