CNN Poll: Nine in 10 say Iran trying to develop nuclear arms

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Nearly nine in 10 Americans say they think Iran is trying to develop its own nuclear weapons, according to a new national poll.

Eighty-eight percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday morning say the Iranian government is attempting to develop nuclear weapons.

But it appears that’s where agreement ends, as the survey indicates there’s little consensus on the best approach to addressing the situation – though the poll does suggest a military response is not as popular as non-military options.

The survey’s release comes as talks in Vienna, Austria, are resuming among Tehran and representatives of the United States, Russia, France and the International Atomic Energy Agency over the future of Iran’s nuclear program.

The poll suggests that 78 percent of Americans favor direct negotiations between the United States and Iran in an attempt to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. But a roughly equal number, 77 percent, say they favor imposing economic sanctions on Tehran to deter Iran from developing nuclear arms.


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