People in Three Countries Think Iran Wants Nukes

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – People in three countries believe the Iranian government is attempting to develop nuclear weapons, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 71 per cent of Americans, 66 per cent of Canadians and 63 per cent of Britons agree with this notion.

After being branded as part of an "axis of evil" by then U.S. president George W. Bush in January 2002, Iran has contended that its nuclear program aims to produce energy, not weapons. In June 2005, former Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Iran’s presidential election in a run-off over Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani with 61.6 per cent of all cast ballots.

In December 2006 and March 2007, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) imposed sanctions against Iran after it failed to stop uranium enrichment—a process needed both to make nuclear weapons and produce electricity.

Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) tendered a proposal, which called on the Iranian government to transfer low-enriched uranium abroad for processing to turn it into fuel-making uranium.

On Jan. 4, U.S. state secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed the nature of the proposal, saying, "We’ve avoided using the term ‘deadline’ ourselves. That’s not a term that we have used because we want to keep the door to dialogue open."

On Jan. 5, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast declared: "We also agree with Clinton’s view. We have believed that setting any deadline by either parties (involved in nuclear talks) would be meaningless and valueless."

Polling Data

From what you have seen, read or heard, do you agree or disagree with the following statement? – "The Government of Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons."













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Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion 
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,019 Canadian adults, 1,001 American adults, and 2,005 British adults, conducted on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2010. Margins of error range from 2.2 per cent to 3.1 per cent.

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