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IRAN: Warming up to America, poll shows

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A new poll released today shows that Iranians want better ties with the United States and have less fear of a confrontation with America than before.

The poll, conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org, showed 55% of Iranians view U.S. bases in the Middle East as a threat, down from 73% in late 2006. 

According to the survey, one in three Iranians thinks it’s likely that the U.S. military will launch airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities, compared to one in two a little over a year earlier.

Only about one in 10 thinks war between the U.S. and Iran is inevitable, compared to one in four in the earlier poll.

The poll also found that fewer Iranians dislike the U.S. Those saying they have a very unfavorable view of the U.S. dropped from 65% to 51%, with a slight majority saying they have a positive regard for the American people.

“It appears that as the sense of threat has subsided, there has been some thawing of Iranian hostility and a greater readiness to enter into closer relations with the United States,” said Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org, according to a press statement.

Still the U.S. is not beloved by Iranians, according to the poll. More than four out of five Iranians said that the U.S. aims to weaken and divide the Islamic world, and a majority said America is out to humiliate Muslims.

Questions were put to a random sample of 710 Iranians from Jan. 13 to Feb. 9.

On the issue of greatest contention between Tehran and the West, about 60% of those polled thought that nuclear weapons were contrary to Islam while 80% supported their country’s nuclear energy program.

The poll also found that Iranians want more cultural ties with the U.S., even though they view it as hostile to Iran and Islam.

The poll found that:

  • 57% favor open-ended talks between the U.S. and Iran.
  • 69% support a U.S.-Iran dialogue over securing Iraq.
  • 64% favor greater US-Iran trade.
  • 63% favor incrfeased cultural, educational and athletic exchanges.
  • 71% favor more tourism between the two countries.

Borzou Daragahi in Beirut

Photo: An Iranian woman, center, prepares tea during a relatives gathering marking the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, the last day of the two-week Persian New Year holidays, at the Pardisan Park in Tehran on April 1 The festival predates Islam and goes back thousands of years to the time when Zoroastrianism was the predominant religion of Persia. Credit: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

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To David Prague

Iran does not recognize Israel.Not only Iran but many people consider Israel not a legitimate state. Now why American people should be bothered I dont know!

America is bullying the world, trying to pick wars with every country in the world. Vietnam, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, China etc... America is the real threat to the world. You need to realize that the more countries you bully, the more enemies you're going to create. What you think is going to make you safer, will actually make you more targeted and hated. For each person you kill, their whole families, as well as friends and neighbors, there hearts will be filled with hatred and they will seek revenge. Iran is the recipients of America's terror, Iran underwent 8 years war with Iraq with America's support in the last 250 years. Iran HAS Not ATTACT any country! America is all over many countries, Israel is guilty of Genocide at least Two time during the last 20 years...common guys educate yourself and brighten up ur mind! we dont have to eat the shit that zionist regim and some other politicans serve us!

It's interesting that government authorities allowed this polling effort to take place. We know what happend to Abbas Abdi when he conducted a similar poll. It's more interesting that while the poll suggest a desire for better relation with the US it states (not mentioned in the article) that the large majority of Iranians support M. Ahmadinejad. It makes me wonder if the government is paving the roard for rapprochment with the US saying that's what majority of people want.

to Cyrus:
hostile behavior?
1.Let me remind you what president of Iran said: Israel must be erased off the map.
2. Iran does not cooperate with international agency for atomic energy

Don´t you think there is some reason for American hostility?

If United State abandons its hostile behaviors toward Iran , they can buy more hearts in their favor among people of the region .But unfortunately the ultimate American national policy have always been assigned by Zionists, and ensures Israel interests which is always prior to anything, even American interests .

to majid majidian:
What´s wrong with the poll? You are co-author of this research? Or are you an expert on statistical analysis of sociological data? Or the poll is wrong just because you disagree? Poor man ...

the poll is wrong and your article is wrong as well how much did you get to write bull**** like this shame on you


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