WASHINGTON – More than half of Americans think an Israeli attack on Iran would leave the US in a worse strategic position, according to a new poll.

Fifty-five percent believe such an attack would put America in a poorer position and 32% believe it would be about the same, with only 8% believing it would be better, according to a poll by Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland.

Additionally, 70% expect that in the case of an Israeli strike Iran would attack US bases (23% think they wouldn’t) and 86% expect the price of oil would “drastically increase” (9% say that’s unlikely).

On balance, 53% think the US should take a neutral posture on an Israeli strike, 29% think the US should actively discourage that action, and just 12% think the US 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.”

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