|55% of U.S. citizens say Israeli strike on Iran would worsen U.S. strategic position: poll||
TEHRAN – According to a new poll, more than half of U.S. citizens think that an Israeli attack on Iran would leave the U.S. in a worse strategic position, the Jerusalem post reported on Wednesday.
Fifty-five percent believe such an attack would put the United States in a poorer position and 32 percent believe it would be about the same, with only 8 percent believing it would be better, according to a poll conducted by Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland.
Additionally, 70 percent expect that in the case of an Israeli strike Iran would attack U.S. bases (23 percent think they wouldn’t) and 86 percent expect the price of oil would “drastically increase” (9 percent say that’s unlikely).
On balance, 53 percent think the U.S. should take a neutral posture on an Israeli strike, 29 percent think the U.S. should actively discourage that action, and just 12 percent think the U.S. should encourage an Israeli strike.
“The bottom line,” according to Telhami, “You can see it across Republican and Democrats, that middle category of neutral stance, actually holding for Democrats, Republicans and independents equally.”
The survey, unveiled at the Brookings Institution on Monday, surveyed 737 U.S. citizens in the wake of the anti-U.S. protests in the Middle East to get a sense of how the events in the region affected U.S. attitudes toward the region. The poll had a +/-4.6 margin of error.
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