Sixty four percent of Americans say they would support a military strike against Iran to prevent the country from developing nuclear weapons compared to only 25 percent who oppose it, according to a Pew Research Center poll.
The poll, conducted just before President Obama’s trip last week to Israel, finds that support cuts across Party lines. Republicans back a potential attack by 80 to 14 percent while Democrats support use of the military option if necessary by 62-25 percent. Independents support force against Iran by 59-32 percent.
Obama’s trip to Israel was, above all, an effort to assure the Israeli leadership that if sanctions and diplomacy fail to derail Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the United States would attack. The poll shows that the president would begin military operations with strong support from the nation.
The survey also demonstrated strong support among Americans for Israel compared to the Palestinians, with 49 percent saying they sympathize from with the Jewish state and only 12 percent backing the Palestinians in the ongoing dispute between the two peoples. Others didn’t know or supported both.
In this case, however, the numbers do diverge sharply based on Party. While 66 percent of Republicans sympathize more with Israel, only 39 percent of Democrats do – even though American Jews overwhelmingly vote Democratic. About half of independents back the Israelis over the Palestinians.
Adults under 30 tended to sympathize more with the Palestinians, but they still backed Israel by 36 percent to 19 percent.