Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Americans Believe Iran Arming Iraqis, but Oppose Attack

Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research

Americans Reject Attacking Iran Over Iraq Bombs

March 27, 2007

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Many adults in the United States believe their country should not become involved in a military conflict with Iran, according to a poll by Harris Interactive. 50 per cent of respondents are opposed to bombing Iran if it is proven that the Islamic country is helping the Shiites in Iraq.

After being branded as part of an "axis of evil" by United States president George W. Bush in January 2002, Iran has contended that its nuclear program aims to produce energy, not weapons. In June 2005, former Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Iran’s presidential election in a run-off over Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani with 61.6 per cent of all cast ballots.

On Feb. 11, U.S. military officials accused the Iranian government of providing roadside bombs to Iraqi militants. 59 per cent of respondents believe Iran is indeed helping the Shiites in Iraq by providing weapons to them.

On Feb. 27, U.S. Army officers displayed C-4 plastic explosives—recovered during a raid in Iraq’s Diyala province—and claimed they were manufactured in Iran. Officer Jeremy Siegrist declared: "I don’t think there’s any way for us to know if it’s tied to any government. That’s a stretch too far."

Polling Data

If it is proven that Iran is helping the Shiites in Iraq, would you favour or oppose bombing Iran because of this?

Strongly favour bombing Iran


Somewhat favour bombing Iran


Somewhat oppose bombing Iran


Strongly oppose bombing Iran


Not sure


Do you believe that Iran is helping the Shiites in Iraq by providing weapons to them?





Not sure


Source: Harris Interactive
Methodology: Online interviews with 2,223 American adults, conducted from Mar. 6 to Mar. 14, 2007. Margin of error is 2 per cent.

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