80% of Americans see Iran as threat to US

July 31, 2012 19:27

Four out of five American likely voters see Iran’s nuclear weapons program as a threat to the United States and its allies, according to a new poll commissioned by The Israel Project.

Eighty percent of potential voters believe Iran is building nuclear weapons, which are seen to pose as a "very big" threat to Israel in particular. This translated to strong backing for tough economic sanctions against Iran, in spite of the sanctions causing hardship to the Iranian people.

Yet it seems very few trust in the effectiveness of the sanctions, with 67% noting that diplomatic measures will not curb Iranian nuclear armament.

In spite of this belief, Senate negotiators agreed on a new round of sanctions on Monday. These sanctions will target Iran's energy, shipping and insurance sectors.

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