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February 7, 2012 10:49 am

49% of Americans Say Military Option Necessary to Stop Nuclear Iran, According to Poll

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Two new polls shed light on American support for a military strike if it became clear Iran was on the verge of finalizing their development of a nuclear weapon.

According to The Hill, which is Congress’s daily internal news publication, 49% of Americans surveyed believe the White House “should be willing to use military force to to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon”.

Read the poll in full here.

31% do not support the military option and 20% are “unsure”.

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During his January State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Let there be no doubt, America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal. But a peaceful resolution of this issue is still possible, and far better, and if Iran changes course and meets its obligations, it can rejoin the community of nations.”

In a poll released by Rasmussen, 48% of those surveyed responded that they would want the U.S. to provide assistance to Israel if the Jewish state launched a military strike on Iran’s facilities.

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