Poll: Most Americans want US to back Israel

Poll: 66% of respondents support standing behind Israel; 72% say US should stop Iran going nuclear.

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Most US citizens believe America should stand behind Israel, a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and commissioned by The Israel Project found this week. Most people surveyed also said that the US should prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The poll, which was published for the non-profit organization on Sunday, found that 66 percent of respondents thought that the US should support Israel, whilst only six percent said it should back the Palestinians. 72% of respondents said that despite US domestic problems, a nuclear Iran must be prevented. According to Stanley Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, the data showed that regardless of the Democratic-Republican divide, Americans "find Iran with nuclear weapons to be a grave threat to the (United States) and feel the need to work hard to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons." The poll also showed that 56% backed US President-elect Barack Obama prioritizing the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, while only 19% of respondents said that "making peace between Israel and the Palestinians" should be one of Obama's two top foreign policy priorities.