Poll: Most countries opposed to a nuclear Iran (JERUSALEM POST) By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT 05/19/12)
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WASHINGTON -- Countries in the West, Asia and the Middle East are
united in not wanting to see a nuclear-armed Iran, with most
supporting sanctions and even some Arab states favoring force to
prevent such a scenario, according to a new Pew poll released Friday.
Sixty-three percent of Americans think military force should be used
to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, while slim majorities in
England, France, Germany and several other European countries back
such a course, as do Egypt and Jordan.
In Lebanon, a plurality of 46 percent back military force if
necessary, but in Turkey only 26% do while 42% are opposed. These
numbers are similar to those in Russia (24% in favor; 41% opposed)
and China (30% in favor; 39% opposed).
Iran is highly disliked, led by 91% of Germans who hold an
unfavorable view of the country. Other Europeans countries range
between 62% and 85% in terms of the percentage holding negative views
of Iran, with 68% of Americans holding a negative view.
Pakistan is the only Muslim country which holds a favorable view of
the Islamic Republic, and the stance of many Arab countries is
negative and in some cases sharply falling. Between 2006 and 2012,
Iran´s favorability rating has fallen from 59% to 22% in Egypt and
49% to 18% in Jordan.
Pakistan is similarly the only country of those surveyed which would
like to see Iran get nuclear weapons. Opposition in North America and
Europe is in the high 80s to 90s. Just slightly lower percentages in
those countries approve tougher sanctions on Iran.
In Russia and China, however, only 46% and 38% of the respective
publics would like to see stronger sanctions.
In America, the possibility of using force against Iran if necessary
is split somewhat along party lines, with it being favored by 79% of
Republicans, 61% of Democrats and 58% of Independents.
The survey was conducted by telephone and face-to-face interviews
with 26,210 people in 21 countries between March 17 and April 20,
according to Pew. The margin of error ranged from +/-3% to +/-5%
among most countries. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/19/12)
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