New Gallup And Pew Polls Confirm Perception of Iranian Threat (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Amiel Ungar 02/17/12)
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A week ago Israel National News reported on a Rasmussen poll showing
that nearly half of the American people were willing to use force to
prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Now polls produced by the
Gallup Institute and the Pew Research Center have revealed that this
trend is accelerating. According to Pew, 58% of the respondents
support using force to prevent Iran from getting nukes. This broke
down into 74% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats and 55% of
When it came to the question of supporting an Israeli attack on
Iran´s nuclear program 62% of the Republicans favored such support as
compared with 33% for Democrats and Independents. Support for Israel
was lowest amongst women and younger voters.
Another important finding of the Pew poll was that by a whopping 64
to 21% Americans do not believe that the Iranian nuclear program can
be stopped by economic sanctions.
Gallup reveals that after international terrorism the military power
of Iran is considered a critical threat by most (61%) of Americans.
Again there is a significant gap in terms of age. At least 63% of
Americans 30 years and older believe Iranian military power
constitutes a threat as compared with only 47% of Americans 18 to 29
A significant finding of the Gallup poll shows that the number of
Americans viewing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a critical
threat has markedly declined between 2004 and 2010. If in 2004 58%
viewed this as a critical threat the number is now down to 47%.
During the same time the number of Americans viewing Chinese military
power as a critical threat rose from 39% to 46% while threats such as
international terrorism and the conflict between India and Pakistan
remain the same.
The findings for the Israel Arab conflict will be interpreted in
different ways. The left in Israel and the Jewish left in the United
States will spin the results pessimistically. They favor active
American intervention in the "peace process" including if needed
tough love for Israel. The lower figures show that the United States
is increasingly adopting a plague on both your houses attitude that
is bad for Israel.
An alternative take on the poll would argue that Americans have
formed a better appreciation of the Middle East. They see that the
Israel-Palestinian conflict is not the main source of regional
instability and do not believe that American intervention is
warranted till the Arab side is no longer committed to Israel´s
extinction. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/17/12)
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