Poll: Americans oppose helping Israel attack Iran

A majority of Americans would oppose joining Israel in a war should it strike Iran, a poll showed.

The Chicago Council on Public Affairs poll released Sept. 16 shows 56 percent of respondents answering “No, it shouldn’t” to the statement, “If Israel were to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran were to retaliate against Israel, and the two were to go to war, the United States should or should not bring its military forces into the war on the side of Israel.” Thirty-eight responded “Yes, it should.”

In other findings, a majority — 58 percent — favored “making a major effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” as a measure to fight terrorism, with 39 percent opposing.

The Chicago Council’s analysis said support had dropped for including American troops in an international peacekeeping force to maintain an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Americans were now split at 49 percent apiece, whereas majorities once supported such participation.

Another finding showed that Americans are statistically split on using U.S. troops to defend Israel if it were attacked — 47 percent in favor, 50 percent opposed.


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