Although the survey showed that the majority of Americans (approximately 62 per cent) predict that Iran would use nuclear weapons, if it had them, against Israelis, at the same time only one out of every four Americans supports the US backing Israel militarily if asked to do so by Tel Aviv. Sixty-nine per cent of Americans, claims the poll, back continued negotiations and diplomatic efforts to divert Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons; more Democrats (79 per cent) think this way than Republicans (58 per cent). Less than fifth of the Americans polled believe that a military strike against the nuclear facilities in Iran will weaken its ability to develop a nuclear weapon for more than five years.
Overall, the survey suggests that Americans would prefer not to have their country involved in a war against Iran, although this is not because they are optimistic about its nuclear programme. Most, 58 percent in fact, believe that Tehran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and it is just a matter of time before they do so. Around 30 per cent concur with US intelligence reports in this respect; an overwhelming majority of 9 out of 10 believe that Iran will eventually have nuclear weapons capabilities.