Doubts About Taking On Tehran
About half those polled support military action if Iran continues its nuclear activity but don’t trust President Bush to make the call.
By Doyle McManus
Times Staff Writer
April 13, 2006
WASHINGTON—Americans are divided over the prospect of U.S. military action against Iran if the government in Tehran continues to pursue nuclear technology—and a majority do not trust President Bush to make the “right decision” on that issue, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.
Asked whether they would support military action if Iran continued to produce material that could be used to develop nuclear weapons, 48% of the poll’s respondents, or almost half, said yes; 40% said no.
If Bush were to order military action, most respondents said they would support airstrikes against Iranian targets, and about one in four said they would support the use of American ground troops in Iran.
The findings of the poll, conducted largely before the Tehran government announced Monday that it had enriched uranium for civilian energy generation, reflected public concern about Iran’s acquisition of nuclear technology—but public division over the best U.S. response.