Americans approve of Obama’s plan for direct negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme. Even though they’re not hopeful talks will succeed, 61% say it is important to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it means military action. Only 24% say it is more important to avoid a military conflict with Iran. The Pew Research Centre survey measured attitudes at the end of September/beginning of October. There is also broad willingness across the political spectrum to use military force to prevent Iran from going nuclear. Two-thirds of independents and 71% of Republicans say it is important to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons even if this means military action, while 51% of Democrats concur and only 31% of Democratic partisans say avoiding a military conflict with Iran is more important. This kind of broad-based support can bolster Obama as he faces this foreign policy challenge.
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