Poll: Americans concerned about Iran


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Americans are very concerned about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and strongly support both sanctions and direct talks with Iran, a new poll shows.

A poll by The Israel Project of 800 registered voters, jointly conducted by Republican Public Opinion Strategies and Democratic Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, found that 81 percent of those surveyed believe Iran poses a "very" or "somewhat" serious threat to the United States, and 84 percent agreed with the statement: "Even with all the problems that America faces at home now, we must still work hard to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons."

The poll showed that 76 percent support the initiation of "direct talks between the U.S. and Iran to negotiate its nuclear program," when given "a series of actions that can be taken with regard to Iran if they do not stop their nuclear program." Eighty-one percent backed expansion of U.N. economic and diplomatic sanctions, 69 percent wanted an end to "all taxpayer funded government contracts with companies that do business with Iran" and 66 percent of respondents said they want to "prevent any company from doing business in the United States if that company provides Iran with refined petroleum."

The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 3.5 percent.

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