Americans favor diplomacy on Iran: Reuters poll

(source: Reuters)
Thursday, September 28, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Americans want the United States to increase diplomatic efforts over Iran's nuclear ambitions, while 70 percent oppose the use of U.S. troops to thwart Iran, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Thursday.

Asked the best course of action for the United States in dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions, 45 percent said Washington should join with allies to increase diplomatic efforts and another 17 percent said the United States should step up diplomacy on its own.

One in four respondents, 26 percent, said they supported the use of U.S. ground troops in Iran, while 70 percent opposed it. Nine percent favored air strikes on selected military targets in Iran.

President George W. Bush said last week at the U.N. General Assembly that he was willing to give diplomacy more time before resorting to sanctions to resolve its nuclear dispute with Iran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused Washington of trying to deny his country the right to peaceful nuclear power.

The Reuters/Zogby poll found 42 percent supported a strike on Iranian facilities if carried out by the Israeli military, with 47 percent opposed.

The national poll of 1,000 likely voters, conducted on September 22-25, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.


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