The survey revealed half of Americans expect conflict as tensions between Washington and Tehran continue to rise. The poll, carried out by Ipsos for Reuters and, shows that while Americans are more concerned about Iran as a security threat, few back a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian military. However, citizens said that should Iran attack the US’ military first, around 80 percent felt the Trump Administration should strike back.
The poll took place between May 17 and 20, during which time both sparring nations have issued chilling threats of conflict.
Despite their concerns, 60 percent of Americans said the US should not conduct a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian military, while 12 percent backed plans to strike first.
Their relations soured further after US President Donald Trump hardened his anti-Iran stance, restoring all sanctions on Iranian oil exports.
Trump has responded to threats from Iran, claiming that the US would respond with “great force” if Tehran attempted anything against Washington’s interests in the Middle East.
He told reporters that he was still willing to speak to his associates in Iran “when they’re ready”.
His latest threat comes after weeks of threats issued by both sides in the damaging feud.
Concerns have been growing as their relationship turns sour, with some reports suggest conflict between the nations could be inevitable.
Iran struck back, with President Hassan Rouhani saying the current situation between the nations was “not suitable for talks”.
He said that Iran’s “only choice is resistance only”.
Rouhani added: “I favour talks and diplomacy but under current conditions, I do not accept it.”
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States.
The survey gathered responses from 1,007 adults, including 377 Democrats and 313 Republicans, and has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points.