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American Public Opinion Polls:
Opinion Toward Iran

(2001 - 2009)


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Which TWO of the following would be the best approach toward Iran right now?  Is it... (The Israel Project National Survey, January 10-12, 2009)

 
7/08
1/09
Increased diplomatic pressure
43%
47%
Direct negotiations with Iran
42%
43%

Increased economic sanctions

35%
39%
Establish normalized relations with Iran
25%
24%
Easing economic and diplomatic sanctions
23%
21%

None of the Above

2%
5%

Which statement comes closer to your own opinion...With all the problems that America is facing at home now, we should reduce our efforts to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons...or...Even with all the problems that America faces at home now, we must still work hard to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.... (The Israel Project National Survey, January 10-12, 2009)

 
11/08
1/09
Reduce efforts
23%
18%
Work hard to stop Iran
72%
79%

Do you favor or oppose expanding UN economic and diplomatic sanctions on Iran? (The Israel Project National Survey, March 18-20, 2008)

 
December 2007
March 2008
Strongly favor
46%
40%
Somewhat favor
30%
30%
Somewhat oppose
13%
13%
Strongly oppose
8%
12%
Don't know/Refused to answer
3%
5%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Now is the time to toughen the sanctions to compel Iran to stop developing nuclear weapons. (The Israel Project National Survey, March 18-20, 2008)

Strongly agree
61%
Somewhat agree
18%
Somewhat disagree
7%
Strongly disagree
11%
Don't know/Refused to answer
2%

Assuming that Iran is successful at developing a nuclear bomb, do you believe...(The Israel Project National Survey, March 18-20, 2008)

America will be less safe than it is now from terrorism

65%
There will be no change
34%
Don't know/Refused to answer
1%

How much of a chance do you think there is that diplomacy and sanctions by the United States government can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project National Survey, March 18-20, 2008)

Good chance
20%
Some chance
34%
Little chance
22%
Hardly any chance
22%
Don't know/Refused to answer
2%

How much of a chance do you think there is that diplomacy and sanctions by the United Nations and European Union can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project National Survey, March 18-20, 2008)

Good chance
16%
Some chance
31%
Little chance
24%
Hardly any chance
28%
Don't know/Refused to answer
1%

Do you believe Iran represents a serious and immediate threat to the United States, a serious but not an immediate threat to the United States, or not a serious threat to the United States? (The Israel Project National Survey, December 10-12, 2007)

Serious/immediate
44%

Serious/not immediate

41%
Not serious
14%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
1%

As you may know, the sixteen United States intelligence agencies recently concluded in a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that Iran stopped work on its nuclear weapons program four years ago in 2003.  Do you believe the U.S. intelligence assessment that Iran has ended work on its nuclear weapons program in 2003 or do you think the Iranian nuclear weapons program is still underway? (The Israel Project National Survey, December 10-12, 2007)

Strongly believe weapons program ended
16%
Not-so-strongly believe weapons program ended
11%
Not-so-strongly believe weapons program continues
18%
Strongly believe weapons program continues
51%
Don't know
4%

As you may know, British intelligence disagrees with the U.S. assessment and believes that Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons. Which assessment do you believe – the U.S. assessment that Iran has stopped work on its nuclear weapons program or the British assessment that its nuclear weapons program continues? (The Israel Project National Survey, December 10-12, 2007)

Very much believe U.S. intelligence
12%
Somewhat believe U.S. intelligence
14%
Somewhat believe British intelligence
23%
Very much believe British intelligence
44%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
7%

Some say the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran means we are more safe because it shows the Iran threat from Iran is not as imminent as had been believed. Others say the estimate will make us less safe because it might lead to reduced pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear weapons capacity for good. Do you think the new estimate means we are more safe or that we will be less safe? (The Israel Project National Survey, December 10-12, 2007)

Strongly believe we are more safe
16%
Not-so-strongly believe we are more safe
11%
Not-so-strongly believe we are less safe
22%

Strongly believe we are less safe

42%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
8%

Is Iran an threat to the security of the Middle East? (ADL, October 2007)

An immediate threat
26%
A threat in near future
24%
A potential threat down road
30%
No threat at all
7%

Do you believe Iran is developing nuclear weapons? (ADL, October 2007)

Agree
71%
Disagree
15%

Do you think America should take military action to stop Iran from developing or trying to develop a nuclear weapons program? (ADL, October 2007)

 
2005
2007
Yes
53%
42%
No
47%
46%

Do you think Israel should take military action to stop Iran from developing or trying to develop a nuclear weapons program? (ADL, October 2007)

 
2005
2007
Yes
49%
47%
No
36%
39%

Would you support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from going nuclear? (Zogby International, October 29, 2007)

Yes
52%

Is such a strike likely before next year's presidential election? (Zogby International, October 29, 2007)

Yes
53%

(Of Jews polled) How supportive are you of a U.S. military strike on Iran? (Zogby International, October 29, 2007)

Very supportive
48%
Somewhat supportive
20%

Below is a list of threats. Please state whether you believe these threats are increasing, decreasing or staying the same. (Foreign Policy Magazine and The Center for American Progress, May 23-June 26, 2007)

Nuclear Iran

Increasing
89%
Staying the same
11%

Which comes closer to your opinion? (Foreign Policy Magazine and The Center for American Progress, May 23-June 26, 2007)

Iran is a threat that can be contained with diplomacy now
68%
Iran is not a threat to the United States at this time
17%
Iran is a threat to the United States that requires military action now
10%
Unsure
5%

Do you believe Iran's nuclear research program to be primarily for military or civilian purposes? (Foreign Policy Magazine and The Center for American Progress, May 23-June 26, 2007)

Primarily military
83%
Primarily civilian
17%

What is the likelihood of the United States resorting to military force in Iran before the end of January 2009? (Foreign Policy Magazine and The Center for American Progress, May 23-June 26, 2007)

Likely
35%
Unlikely
65%

 

Next, I'd like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. First, is your overall opinion of [country] very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Gallup Poll: Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, N. Korea, China Viewed as World Hot Spots, February 21, 2007)

 

% Very Favorable % Mostly Favorable
Egypt 8 22
Iran 1 8
Israel 22 41
Jordan 6 45
The Palestinian Authority 2 14
Saudi Arabia 4 31
Syria 2 19

Do you believe that Israeli government officials sharing facts about Iran's nuclear program and ties to terrorism are an effort to educate the public about an important international issue, or biased and an effort to incite fear? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

Educate the public
47% (29% strongly)
Incite fear
38% (24% strongly)

Do you believe that American supporters of Israel sharing facts about Iran's nuclear program and ties to terrorism are an effort to educate the public about an important international issue, or biased and an effort to incite fear? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

Educate the public
51% (34% strongly)
Incite fear
37% (21% strongly)

Now, I'm going to read you some recent actions taken by Iran that have been reported in the media. Please tell me which TWO of the following worry you the most: (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

  First Choice Second Choice
An Iranian group has recruited more than 25,000 people to be suicide bombers in the US and Europe
31%
56%
The Iranian President has said Israel should be wiped off the map and has denied that the Holocaust ever happened
26%
46%
Iran has funded terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas
19%
44%
Iranians have killed hundreds of Americans in past terrorist attacks and in Iraq today
12%
26%
Iran has refused to allow international inspections of their nuclear program
30%
52%
Iran is working to develop a nuclear program and has promised to share that technology with others
22%
41%
Iran's nuclear developments have sparked an arms race and now many Arab countries also want to have nuclear materials
18%
40%
Iran's nuclear program is further destabilizing an already unstable region
17%
38%

Does Iran pose a direct threat to the existence of Israel? (POS, January 2007)

Yes
64% (48% strongly)
No
24% (10% strongly)

As you may know, Iran continues to NOT comply with UN security Council resolutions that demand Iran suspend its nuclear enrichment program and allow in UN inspectors. Now, assuming Iran continues its nuclear enrichment program despite the UN Security Council resolutions, please tell me whether you support or oppose the following actions:

I. Ban all international weapons sales to Iran:

Total support
86%
Total opposition
12%
Strong support
73%
Somewhat support
13%
Somewhat oppose
5%
Strongly oppose
7%
Don't know/ REF
2%

II. The international community placing and enforcing economic and diplomatic sanctions against Iran:

 
1/07
11/06
9/06
5/06
Total support
83%
85%
78%
91%
Total opposition
14%
10%
17%
9%
Strong support
57%
61%
54%
70%
Somewhat support
26%
24%
24%
21%
Somewhat oppose
8%
6%
10%
6%
Strongly oppose
6%
4%
7%
3%
Don't know/REF
4%
5%
5%
1%

III. Targeted military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities by NATO:

 
1/07
11/06
9/06
5/06
Total support
44%
48%
44%
44%
Total opposition
51%
46%
47%
52%
Strong support
26%
26%
24%
21%
Somewhat support
17%
22%
19%
23%
Somewhat oppose
22%
20%
18%
17%
Strongly oppose
30%
26%
29%
35%
Don't know/REF
5%
6%
10%
4%

IV. Targeted military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities by the United States and our allies:

 
1/07
11/06
9/06
5/06
Total support
43%
34%
40%
28%
Total opposition
52%
61%
51%
69%
Strong support
23%
18%
22%
14%
Somewhat support
21%
16%
18%
15%
Somewhat oppose
17%
22%
16%
19%
Strongly oppose
35%
39%
35%
50%
Don't know/REF
4%
5%
9%
2%

V. The international community placing and enforcing economic and diplomatic sanctions against Iran, even if it increases the cost of fuel in the United States by 20%:

Total support
73%
Total opposition
23%
Strong support
45%
Somewhat support
28%
Somewhat oppose
9%
Strongly oppose
13%
Don't know/REF
5%

VI. Expand intelligence gathering efforts within Iran so that the United States' decision-making process is better informed as o Iran's capability and its intentions:

Total support
88%
Total opposition
9%
Strong support
66%
Somewhat support
22%
Somewhat oppose
4%
Strongly oppose
5%
Don't know/REF
3%

VII. Step up the surveillance of shipments to Iran to monitor and prevent suspected weapons of mass destruction related material from reaching Iran:

Total support
87%
Total opposition
10%
Strong support
69%
Somewhat support
18%
Somewhat oppose
5%
Strongly oppose
5%
Don't know/REF
3%

How involved should the United States be in dealing with Iran? (POS, January 2007)

Very/somewhat involved
72%
Not very/not at all
25%

How involved should the United States be in dealing with Iran? (Public Opinion Strategies, January 18-21, 2007)

Initial
Informed
Very involved
31%
36%
Somewhat involved
41%
43%
Not very involved
9%
8%
Not at all involved
16%
11%
Don't know
2%
2%
Refused
1%

Do you think that Iran’s resumption of research on nuclear fuel is to develop... (Public Opinion Strategies, January 18-21, 2007)

Nuclear Energy
13%
Nuclear Weapons
68%
Both
7%
Don't Know
11%

Still thinking about Iran... How worried are you that Iran might develop nuclear weapons? (Public Opinion Strategies, January 18-21, 2007)

Very worried
35%
Somewhat worried
37%
A little worried
15%
Not worried at all
12%

As you may know, Iran continues to NOT comply with UN Security Council resolutions that demand Iran suspend its nuclear enrichment program and allow in UN inspectors.  Now, assuming Iran continues its nuclear enrichment program despite the UN Security Council resolutions, please tell me whether you support or oppose the following actions...  The (FIRST/NEXT) one is... (Public Opinion Strategies, January 18-21, 2007)

Totally Support
Totally Oppose
Strongly Support
Somewhat Support
Strongly Oppose
Somewhat Oppose

Don't Know/Refused

Ban all international weapons sales to Iran.
86%
12%
73%
13%
5%
7%
2%
The international community placing and enforcing economic and diplomatic sanctions against Iran.
83%
14%
57%
26%
8%
6%
4%
The international community placing and enforcing economic and diplomatic sanctions against Iran, even if it increases the cost of fuel in the United States by 20%.
73%
23%
45%
28%
9%
13%
5%
Expand intelligence-gathering efforts within Iran so that the United States’ decision-making process is better-informed as to Iran’s capability and its intentions.
88%
9%
66%
22%
4%
5%
3%
Step up the surveillance of shipments to Iran to monitor and prevent suspected weapons of mass destruction related material from reaching Iran.
87%
10%
69%
18%
5%
5%
3%

Would you support an agreement allowing Iran to enrich uranium to the very low levels necessary to produce nuclear power but not the high levels to required to produce nuclear weapons? In return, Iran would be obligated to afford U.N. inspectors full access to ensure that these enrichment levels were not exceeeded. (World Public Opinion, January 24, 2007)

Agree
55%*
Disagree
38%

*This includes 53% of Republicans and 62% of Democrats.

  Americans Iranians
Can bombing and other types of attacks intentionally aimed at civilians be justified...  
often  
rarely 27%
never 46%
80%
Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians are...justified  
sometimes  
53%
never 80%
41%
Reject Israeli on against Palestinian civlians 71%  

Please answer on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 meaning that you strongly disagree and 5 meaning that you strongly agree: A military confrontation between Iran and the United States is likely to occur within the next ten years.(World Public Opinion.org, December 11, 2006)

1
4%
2
15%
3
35%
4
18%
5
23%
Refused/Don't know
5%

How likely do you think it is that the US will take military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities in the next year or two? (World Public Opinion.org, December 11, 2006)

Not at all likely
9%
Not very likely
36%
Somewhat likely
36%
Very likely
13%
Refused/Don't know
7%

Here is a list of possible benefits that the US and other countries could provide to Iran in exchange for agreeing to stop enriching uranium. Please say for each one whether you favor or oppose being willing to do each of the following as part of a package in exchange for Iran agreeing to stop enriching uranium. (World Public Opinion.org, December 11, 2006)

  Favor Oppose Refused/Don't Know
The US making an official commitment to not use military force against Iran
38%
51%
11%
Europe committing to ensure Iranian access to enriched uranium
14%
73%
13%
Allowing Iran to join the World Trade Organization
54%
34%
12%
Lifting US economic sanctions against Iran
47%
40%
13%
Unfreezing Iranian assets held by the US
39%
50%
12%
Providing spare parts for civilian aircraft
52%
38%
10%
Repealing US legislation calling for regime change in Iran
44%
43%
13%
Transfer of nuclear energy technology to Iran
11%
79%
10%

Do you think it is a good idea or not a good idea to make an agreement whereby Iran would be allowed to enrich uranium, provided that this is limited only to low levels and UN inspectors would have full access to make sure that enrichment remained at low levels? (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

Good idea
55%
Not a good idea
38%

As you may know, Iran has been enriching uranium against the wishes of the US and the UN Security Council. Do you think the US: (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

Should demand Iran first stop enriching uranium before entering into talks
46%
Should not impose preconditions on Iran before entering into talks
50%

As a general rule, if leaders of some countries grow more afraid that the US will use military force against them, do you think, on balance, this tends to increase or decrease the likelihood that countries will try to acquire weapons of mass destruction? (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

Increase the likelihood
80%
Decrease the likelihood
15%

Some say that a campaign of repeated air strikes could fully destroy Iran’s nuclear program. Others say that even if air strikes took out some targets Iran would just rebuild its nuclear facilities in hidden underground shelters. Do you think that it is or is not possible to fully destroy Iran’s nuclear program through air strikes? (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

Is possible
37%
Is not possible
59%

Do you think the US should deal with the government of Iran primarily by: (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

Trying to build better relations
75%
Pressuring it with implied threats that the US may use military force against it
22%

Since the US has invaded and occupied Iraq, some people think that Iran is now more likely to make weapons of mass destruction to deter the US from attacking Iran. Others think that Iran is now less likely to make weapons of mass destruction because it is more afraid that the US will attack Iran if does make them. Do you think that since the US has invaded and occupied Iraq, Iran is now: (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

 
4/03
11/06
More likely to make weapons of mass destruction
24%
61%
Less likely to make weapons of mass destruction
68%
30%

Do you think that if the US demands that Iran stop enriching uranium and threatens to use air strikes against its enrichment facilities, Iran would or would not stop enriching uranium? (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

Would
16%
Would not
79%

As you may know, the United States and most of the world’s countries have signed a treaty called the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty or NPT. According to this treaty, the countries that have nuclear weapons have agreed to actively work together toward eliminating their nuclear weapons. The countries that do not have nuclear weapons, including Iran, have agreed not to try to acquire them. Were you aware that the US has agreed to this? (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

 
3/04
11/06
Yes
39%
51%
No
59%
46%

Do you favor or oppose the idea of having a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East that would include both Islamic countries and Israel? (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

Favor strongly
41%
Favor somewhat
30%
Oppose somewhat
12%
Oppose strongly
9%
No Answer
9%

If Iran were to develop nuclear weapons do you think this would: (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

Increase its security because it would be able to threaten nuclear retaliation against an attacker
23%
Decrease its security because other countries in the region could feel threatened and might want to develop nuclear weapons too
72%

Currently there is a debate about whether the US government should announce that it has the goal of removing the existing government of another country that it sees as a problem, such as the government of Iran. Some people say that this is a good idea because it creates moral clarity and strengthens opposition to the government both inside and outside that country. Others say it is a bad idea because it violates the principle of national sovereignty and when countries feel threatened they are less cooperative and more likely to use dangerous means to protect themselves. Do you think announcing that the US has the goal of removing an existing government that it sees as a problem, is: (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

A good idea
21%
A bad idea
72%

The US and other members of the UN Security Council are trying to get Iran to refrain from enriching uranium as part of its nuclear energy program, because this could lead to the ability to develop nuclear weapons. Some people have suggested that the US should be willing to commit to not attack Iran, on the condition that Iran commits to refrain from enriching uranium.Others say that the US should not be willing to commit to not attack Iran, because Iran does other things that are negative for US security interests, so the US should keep the option of threatening Iran with military strikes. Do you think the US should or should not be willing to commit to not attack Iran, on the condition that Iran commits to refrain from enriching uranium? (The Worldpublicopinion.org/knowledge Networks Poll, 11/21-29/06)

Should be willing to make a commitment
47%
Should not be willing to make a commitment
45%

Support and opposition to specific measures on Iran (Zogby International, September 22-25, 2006)

  Support Oppose
The use of U.S. ground troops
26%
70%
A strike on Iranian facilities carried out by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
42%
47%

Which of the following positions about new countries developing nuclear fuel is closer to your own? (BBC World Service, May-July 2006)

 

All countries should be free to produce nuclear fuel under United Nations oversight, because they have the right to have nuclear energy and should not have to depend on other countries

Because nuclear fuel can be developed for use in nuclear weapons, the United Nations should try to stop new countries from producing nuclear fuel but should provide them with the fuel they need

Neither / Depends

DK / NA

Australia

32

60

6

2

Brazil

28

60

8

5

Canada

31

59

6

3

Chile

26

55

9

11

China

44

42

8

5

Egypt

49

39

6

5

France

44

46

6

4

Germany

28

63

6

2

India

25

29

22

24

Indonesia

46

45

3

5

Iraq

42

51

-

3

Israel

30

59

3

8

Italy

29

57

12

2

Kenya

35

51

5

9

Mexico

33

60

8

-

Nigeria

38

48

4

10

Philippines

32

56

8

4

Poland

32

49

6

14

S. Korea

22

76

1

1

Russia

26

46

14

13

Spain

14

61

13

12

Turkey

51

29

8

12

Ukraine

26

50

11

13

UK

36

55

6

3

USA

29

56

7

7

Average

33

52

7

7

Do you think that Iran is producing nuclear fuel strictly for its energy needs or do you think it is also trying to develop nuclear weapons? (BBC World Service, May-July 2006)

 

Iran is producing nuclear

strictly for energy needs

Iran is also trying to

develop nuclear weapons

Neither /

Depends

DK / NA

Australia

21

65

5

10

Brazil

10

72

6

13

Canada

10

68

5

16

Chile

13

58

4

25

China

18

58

11

13

Egypt

38

54

4

4

France

10

66

7

16

Germany

15

65

10

9

India

18

32

19

31

Indonesia

35

47

6

11

Iraq

38

60

 

1

Israel

9

83

1

7

Italy

10

74

4

13

Kenya

13

63

5

20

Mexico

20

41

4

35

Nigeria

26

46

4

23

Philippines

26

59

6

8

Poland

7

67

3

23

South Korea

11

76

2

11

Russia

12

48

13

27

Spain

11

58

8

23

Turkey

15

59

10

17

Ukraine

17

39

11

33

United Kingdom

19

57

6

19

USA

5

83

3

9

Average

17

60

6

17

How concerned would you be if Iran were to develop nuclear weapons? Would you be…? (BBC World Service, May-July 2006)

 

Very

concerned

Somewhat

concerned

Not very

concerned

Not at all

concerned

Depends

DK / NA

Australia

67

24

4

4

0

1

Brazil

57

17

10

12

0

4

Canada

63

24

6

5

1

1

Chile

49

25

12

6

1

7

China

23

45

22

7

1

1

Egypt

37

37

17

7

1

1

France

46

39

11

3

1

1

Germany

57

27

11

2

2

0

India

29

28

9

11

8

16

Indonesia

16

37

31

9

3

4

Iraq

25

40

20

14

 

0

Israel

64

18

7

9

0

3

Italy

65

25

6

3

0

0

Kenya

48

21

11

12

1

6

Mexico

34

21

15

8

5

17

Nigeria

31

24

16

16

2

11

Philippines

36

30

18

10

2

4

Poland

53

27

10

3

2

7

South Korea

30

52

14

2

0

0

Russia

25

33

21

7

4

10

Spain

42

33

9

7

2

6

Turkey

28

29

24

7

8

4

Ukraine

21

36

16

7

8

12

United Kingdom

67

23

5

4

0

0

USA

72

20

5

2

0

0

Average

43

29

13

7

2

5

The United Nations Security Council has asked Iran to not produce nuclear fuel. If Iran continues to produce nuclear fuel, which one of the following do you think the United Nations Security Council should do? (BBC World Service, May-July 2006)

 

Not pressure

Iran

Use only

diplomatic

efforts

Impose economic

sanctions on Iran

Authorize a military

strike against Iran’s

nuclear facilities

Other /

DK /

NA

Australia

5

39

44

8

3

Brazil

10

39

23

17

11

Canada

6

35

39

13

7

Chile

14

37

27

5

18

China

8

49

28

7

8

Egypt

28

45

14

9

3

France

6

48

31

7

8

Germany

8

40

42

4

5

India

14

23

20

15

28

Indonesia

22

50

18

5

5

Iraq

10

27

29

34

0

Israel

7

23

32

30

8

Italy

3

52

31

8

6

Kenya

10

44

25

11

9

Mexico

8

33

28

18

12

Nigeria

18

36

17

16

13

Philippines

11

57

21

5

5

Poland

4

30

41

7

18

S. Korea

8

40

42

5

4

Russia

10

38

30

3

20

Spain

7

42

33

3

15

Turkey

14

46

13

8

19

Ukraine

9

27

35

4

24

UK

8

45

33

10

4

USA

4

24

45

21

7

Average

10

39

30

11

10

I'd like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. First, is your overall opinion of [RANDOM ORDER] very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? How about Iran? (Gallup)

Very
favor-
able

Mostly
favor-
able

Mostly
un-
favor-
able

Very
un-
favor-
able

No
opin-
ion

Total
favor-
able

Total
unfavor-
able

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Avg All Polls
2
9
40
42
7
11
82
2006 Feb 6-9
1
6
40
46
6
7
86
2004 Feb 9-12
3
14
46
31
6
17
77

2003 Feb 3-6

2

11

48

29

10

13

77

2002 Feb 4-6

2

9

46

38

5

11

84

2001 Feb 1-4 ^

2

10

45

38

5

12

83

1996 Mar 8-10

1

5

38

46

10

6

84

1991 Aug 8-11

1

12

44

35

9

13

79

1991 Mar 14-17

3

11

41

35

10

14

76

1991 Jan 30-Feb 2

2

11

39

40

8

13

79

1989 Aug 10-13

1

4

27

62

6

5

89

1989 Feb 28-Mar 2

1

4

27

62

6

5

89

What one country anywhere in the world do you consider to be America's greatest enemy today? (Gallup)

2/6-9/06

2/7-10/05

2/1-4/01

%

%

%

Iran

31

14

8

Iraq

22

22

38

North Korea/Korea (non-specific)

15

22

2

China

10

10

14

Afghanistan

3

3

*

United States itself

1

2

1

Russia

1

2

6

Saudi Arabia

1

2

4

Syria

1

2

--

France

1

2

--

Cuba

*

*

2

Japan

*

*

1

The Palestinian Authority

*

*

1

Libya

--

*

4

 

 

 

None

1

2

2

Other

6

8

6

No opinion

7

9

11

* Less than 0.5%

What do you think the United States should do to get Iran to shut down its nuclear program -- [ROTATED: take military action against Iran now, use economic and diplomatic efforts but not take military action right now, or take no action against Iran at this time]? (Gallup, Feb. 9-12, 2006)

Take military action right now 9%
Use economic and diplomatic efforts 68%
Take no action at this time 18%
No Opinion 5%

Suppose the United States does take economic and diplomatic action, but those efforts do not work. If that happens, do you think the United States should -- or should not -- take military action against Iran? (Gallup, Feb. 9-12, 2006)

U.S. should take

45%

Take action now

9%
If diplomatic efforts fail
36%

U.S. should not take

45%
No Opinion 10%

How confident are you in the Bush administration's ability to handle the situation in Iran -- very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident? (Gallup, Feb. 9-12, 2006)

Very confident

17%
Somewhat confident 28%

Not too confident

27%

Not at all confident

28%
No Opinion 1%

How confident are you in the United Nations' ability to handle the situation in Iran -- very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident? (Gallup, Feb. 9-12, 2006)

Very confident

8%
Somewhat confident 39%

Not too confident

27%

Not at all confident

24%
No Opinion 2%

How concerned are you that the U.S. will be too quick to use military force in an attempt to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all? (Gallup, Feb. 9-12, 2006)

Very concerned

34%
Somewhat concerned 35%

Not too concerned

20%

Not at all concerned

10%
No Opinion 1%

How concerned are you that the U.S. will not do enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all? (Gallup, Feb. 9-12, 2006)

Very concerned

26%
Somewhat concerned 41%

Not too concerned

24%

Not at all concerned

6%
No Opinion 2%

Suppose Iran DOES develop nuclear weapons. Just your best guess, how likely is it that -- very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely? (Gallup, Feb. 9-12, 2006)

 

Very Likely Somewhat Likely Not too Likely

Not at all likely

No Opinion

Iran would provide a nuclear weapon to terrorists who would use it against the United States

50% 30% 12% 6% 2%

Iran would provide a nuclear weapon to terrorists who would use it against Israel

49% 32% 12% 4% 4%``

The Iranian government would use nuclear weapons against Israel

 

41% 36% 15% 4% 4%

The Iranian government would use nuclear weapons against the United States

30% 29% 26% 12% 2%

I'd like to get your feelings about some countries and governing organizations who have been in the news and what sort of a relationship you feel they have with the United States. I'll read the name of a country or governing organization and I'd like you to rate how much of a friend or foe they are to the U.S. using the feeling thermometer. You can choose any number between 0 and 100. The higher the number, the warmer or more friendly you feel they are to the U.S. The lower the number, the colder or less friendly they are. If we come to a country or governing organization who you haven't heard enough about to form an opinion, you don't need to rate them. Just tell me and we'll move on to the next one. How friendly or unfriendly do you think -- is to the U.S.? (Quinnipiac University)

Date
August 28, 2006
June 12 , 2006
March 13, 2006
Canada
71.7
71.4
70.9
China
39.0
41.6
41.5
Cuba
24.0
24.4
27.2
England
78.3
76.0
76.4
France
43.2
44.5
45.0
India
53.4
54.8
52.1
Iran
13.9
16.9
26.7
Iraq
27.7
29.3
27.1
Israel
65.9
62.9
61.8
Mexico
51.4
50.1
54.9
North Korea
15.0
18.4
19.7
Palestinian Govt
22.8
25.0
24.6
Russia
45.5
44.3
47.1
Saudi Arabia
28.2
39.5
38.2
Syria
21.7
NA
NA
United Nations
49.2
50.1
50.6
Venezuela
35.9
36.9
NA

Which comes closest to your view -- Iran poses an immediate threat to the United States, Iran poses a long-term threat to the U.S., but not an immediate threat, or Iran does not pose a threat to the United States at all? (Gallup)

 
5/30-6/1/03
7/30-8/1/04
11/19-21/04
1/20-22/06

Immediate threat

13%
15%
16%
19%
Long-term threat
64%
65%
65%
65%
Does not pose a threat
20%
15%
14%
12%
No Opinion
3%
5%
5%
5%

For each of the following countries, tell me if in your opinion it presents a threat to peace in the world (except for the Israel question which was asked to the entire sample [1,200], the question was asked to 600). (Source: ADL, December, 2003)

North Korea
77%
Iran
76%
Iraq
76%
Afghanistan
65%
Saudi Arabia
62%
Syria
61%
China
54%
Libya
52%
Pakistan
57%
Israel
43%
USA
37%
India
29%
Russia
28%
Somalia
25%
France
22%

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of: (ADL)

 
2003
2005
2007
 
Favorable
Unfavorable
Favorable
Unfavorable
Favorable
Unfavorable
Tony Blair    
66%
12%
   
Great Britain
73%
8%
75%
10%
Israel
49%
28%
60%
19%
69%
14%
V. Putin    
32%
32%
   
Russia
42%
22%
36%
41%
Egypt
33%
21%
40%
19%
46%
24%
Jordan
31%
22%
34%
19%
43%
22%
Jacques Chirac    
22%
40%
   
France
31%
48%
52%
27%
Saudi Royals    
12%
50%
   
Saudi Arabia
21%
54%
32%
47%
Iran
11%
67%
14%
64%
10%
72%
Palestinian Authority
11%
58%
20%
46%
   
Syria
9%
46%
11%
46%
17%
51%

Do you associate these statements with the United States and other Western nations?  (USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll, March 1-3, 2002, for U.S. data and 2002 Gallup Poll of the Islamic World for Islamic country data)

 
Take fair position in Palestine/Israel conflict
Respect Islamic views
USA
56%  
64%
Iran
7%
9%
Jordan
3%
14%
Kuwait
1%
5%
Lebanon
3%
10%
Pakistan
5%
18%
Saudi Arabia
6%
13%
Turkey
8%
21%

Is your overall opinion of ___ very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Gallup, Feb. 2001)

 
Total Favorable
Total Unfavorable
Canada
90%
7%
Australia
85%
8%
Great Britain
85%
9%
Italy
78%
12%
France
77%
17%
Germany
75%
16%
Japan
73%
21%
Brazil
69%
17%
Mexico
67%
26%
Egypt
65%
23%
Israel
63%
32%
The Philippines
63%
25%
Taiwan
63%
22%
India
58%
30%
South Africa
57%
33%
Russia
52%
42%
Saudi Arabia
47%
46%
Vietnam
46%
44%
China
45%
48%
North Korea
31%
59%
Colombia
30%
59%
Cuba
27%
68%
The Palestine Authority
22%
63%
Iran
12%
83%
Libya
11%
75%
Iraq
9%
85%

 

Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE Iran's development of nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2006)

 

Percent responding
Support 2%
Strongly Oppose 88%
Oppose 6%

Thinking still about the Middle East, would you say you are WORRIED or NOT WORRIED that Iran might develop nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2006)

 

Percent responding
Very Worried 42%
Somewhat Worried 36%
Not Worried 20%

Do you agree or disagree with the President of Iran's comments on this topic [that Israel should be wiped off the map and that the Holocaust was a myth]? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2006)

 

Percent responding
Strongly Agree  
Somewhat Agree 2%
Strongly Disagree 85%
Somewhat Disagree 5%

Which one of the following actions do you believe the US should take to make sure that Iran does NOT develop nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2006)

 

Percent responding
Encourage our allies to put pressure on Iran to drop its nuclear development plans 37%
Encourage the United Nations to put economic sanctions on Iran 34%
Support opposition groups in Iran to change the nation's leadership 12%
Initiate a limited military action against Iran to destroy their ability to make nuclear weapons 10%

And, if Iran continues with its nuclear research and is on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon, do you believe the US should initiate a limited military action to destroy Iran's ability to make nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2006)

 

Percent responding
Strongly Yes - US should initiate military action 35%
Yes 11%
Strongly No - US should not initiate military action 34%
No 11%

And, if Iran continues with its nuclear research and is on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon, do you believe the US should join a coalition of other countries to initiate a limited military action to destroy Iran's ability to make nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2006)

 

Percent responding
Strongly Yes - US should join military coalition 40%
Yes 16%
Strongly No - US should not join coalition 22%
No 12%

 

(Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, The Israel Project, December 2007)

  Serious Not serious
How serious a threat do you think Iran poses to Israel? 83% 16%
  Democrats too weak strongly Democrats too weak somewhat Bush too ready strongly Bush too ready somewhat
Which worries you more -- that the Democrats are too weak when it comes to Iran or that George Bush is too ready to go to war with Iran? 32% 6% 53% 3%

 

Now I'd like to read you a short list of countries and organizations. Please tell me whether you believe each represents a serious and immediate threat to the United States, a serious but not immediate threat to the United States, or not a serious threat to the United States (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, The Israel Project, December 2007)

  Serious/immediate threat
Al-Qaeda 75%
Islamic fundamentalists 61%
Iran 44%
Hamas 35%
North Korea 30%
China 18%
Pakistan 18%
Venezuela 10%
Russia 9%

Which of the following would be the best approach toward Iran now? (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, The Israel Project, December 2007)

  Serious/immediate threat
Direct negotiations with Iran 49%
Increased economic sanctions 46%
Increased diplomatic pressure 46%
Establish normalized relations with Iran 26%
Easing economic and diplomatic sanctions 17%
U.S. military action 5%
Multinational military action 5%

As you may know, Iran continues NOT to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions that demand Iran suspend its nuclear enrichment program and allow in UN inspectors. Now, assuming Iran continues its nuclear enrichment program despite UN Security Council resolutions, please tell me whether you support or oppose the following actions...Targeted military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities by the United States and our allies. (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, The Israel Project, December 2007)

  May 2006 August 2006 November 2006 February 2007 National Intelligence Estimate Release November 2007
Total support 28% 40% 34% 43% 36% 34%
Total oppose 69% 51% 61% 52% 58% 63%

How involved should the United States be in dealing with Iran? Should we be very involved, somewhat involved, not very involved or not at all involved? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

Percent responding
Very involved 31%
Somewhat involved 41%
Not very involved 9%
Not at All involved 16%

Do you think that Iran's resumption of research on nuclear fuel is to develop...Nuclear energy...or...nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

Percent responding
Nuclear energy 13%
Nuclear weapons 68%

Still thinking about Iran...How worried are you that Iran might develop nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

Percent responding
Very worried 35%
Somewhat worried 37%
A little worried 27%
Not at All worried 12%

Now, I'm going to read you some recent actions taken by Iran that have been reported in the media. Please tell me which TWO of the following worry you the most...(The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

First Choice Second Choice
An Iranian group has recruited more than 25,000 people to be suicide bombers against the US and Europe 31% 56%
The Iranian President has said Israel should be wiped off the map and has denied that the Holocaust ever happened 26% 46%
Iran has funded terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas 19% 44%
Iranians have killed hundreds of Americans in past terrorist attacks and in Iraq today 12% 26%
Iran has refused to allow international inspections of their nuclear program 30% 52%
Iran is working to develop a nuclear program and has promised to share that technology with others 22% 41%
Iran's nuclear developments have sparked an arms race and now many Arab countries also want to have nuclear arms 18% 40%
Iran's nuclear program is further destabilizing an already unstable region 17% 37%

And, how involved should the United States be in dealing with Iran? Should we be very involved, somewhat involved, not very involved or not at all involved? (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

Percent responding initially Percent responding after learning about some of Iran's recent actions
Very involved 31% 36%
Somewhat involved 41% 43%
Not very involved 9% 8%
Not at All involved 16% 11%

As you may know, Iran continues NOT to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions that demand Iran suspend its nuclear enrichment program and allow in UN inspectors. Now, assuming Iran continues it nuclear enrichment program despite the UN Security Council resolutions, please tell me whether you support or oppose the following actions... (The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

Strongly support Support Strongly Oppose Oppose
Ban all international weapons sales to Iran 73% 13% 7% 5%
The international community placing and enforcing economic and diplomatic sanctions against Iran 57% 6% 6% 8%
The international community placing and enforcing economic and diplomatic sanctions against Iran, even if it increases the cost of fuel in the United States by 20% 45% 28% 13% 10%
Expand intelligence-gathering efforts within Iran so that the United States' decision-making process is better-informed as to Iran's capability and its intentions 66% 22% 5% 4%
Step up the surveillance of shipments to Iran to monitor and prevent suspected weapons of mass destruction-related material from reaching Iran 69% 18% 5% 10%

(The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

May 2006 September 2006 November 2006 January 2007
Targeted military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities by NATO Support Oppose Support Oppose Support Oppose Support Oppose
44% 52% 44% 47% 48% 46% 44% 51%
Targeted military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities by the United States and our allies 28% 69% 40% 51% 34% 61% 43% 52%

Please tell me which statement comes closer to your own view...

1. Iran poses a direct threat to the existence of Israel
2. While Iran is dangerous, it does not represent a threat to Israel's existence
(The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

Percent responding
1 Strongly 48%
1 26%
2 Strongly 10%
2 14%

And, do you believe that American supporters of Israel sharing facts about Iran's nuclear program and ties to terrorism are...

1. An effort to educate the public about an important international issue
2. Biased and an effort to incite fear
(The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

Percent responding
1 Strongly 34%
1 17%
2 Strongly 21%
2 16%

And, do you believe that Israeli government officials sharing facts about Iran's nuclear program and ties to terrorism are...

1. An effort to educate the public about an important international issue
2. Biased and an effort to incite fear
(The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

Percent responding
1 Strongly 29%
1 18%
2 Strongly 24%
2 16%

Now, I'm going to read you some recent actions taken by Iran that have been reported in the media. Please tell me which TWO of the following worry you the most...
(The Israel Project National Survey, January 2007)

 

Agree Disagree
While nobody will say it out loud, there is much evidence that Jews control America's foreign policy 16% 77%
While nobody will say it out loud, there is much evidence that American Jews control America's foreign policy 18% 73%
While nobody will say it out loud, there is much evidence that American Jews control the world's financial and communications institutions 19% 71%
While nobody will say it out loud, there is much evidence that Jews control the world's financial and communications institutions 20% 71%

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