About 80 percent of Americans believe Iran's contested nuclear program is aimed at producing nuclear weapons while only six percent are of the opinion that the program is peaceful, a poll conducted by FOXNews showed.
The poll found that 51 percent of respondents believe the US should take a tougher approach in dealing with Tehran, including military action against the Iranian regime.
Only 31 percent said the United States should intensify its diplomatic effort to halt Iran's nuclear activities.
Should diplomacy fail to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions before President George W. Bush leaves office, 54 percent of the respondents said they would rather he leave the issue for his successor. About 29 percent said they would rather have Bush take military action against Iran before his term ends.
“All the controversy over the Iranian president’s visit to New York this past week may have somewhat inflated feelings about Iran,” Opinion Dynamics CEO John Gorman told FOX. “While it is clear that Americans view Iran as a potential threat, and a possible military target, they don’t want President Bush rushing into Iran if his term is ending.”
Over half of Americans (54 percent) said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s request to visit ground zero during a visit to New York last week would have been to honor the terrorists responsible for the World Trade Center attack. About 17 percent believe he wanted to honor the victims who died there, and 29 percent were unable to give an opinion, FOX reported.