October 7, 2009 - Terror-Free Afghanistan Is Worth American Blood, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; But Only 38 Percent Want To Send More Troops

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By a 65 - 28 percent majority, American voters are willing to have American soldiers "fight and possibly die" to eliminate the threat of terrorists operating from Afghanistan, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. But voters say 49 - 38 percent that they do not think the U.S. will be successful in eliminating this terrorist threat.

A 52 - 37 percent majority of Americans think the war in Afghanistan is the right thing for the U.S. to do, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey of 2,630 American voters finds. But there is a wide racial split as white voters support the war 57 - 32 percent, while blacks are opposed 55 - 34 percent.

While 30 percent of voters are willing to have large numbers of American troops in Afghanistan "as long as it takes," another 28 percent say less than a year; 21 percent say one to two years and 14 percent say two to five years. Voters are more worried 50 - 42 percent that the U.S. will stay in Afghanistan too long, rather than U.S. troops will leave too soon. But only 32 percent of voters think the U.S. is headed for another Vietnam.

Voters 2 - 1 are willing to risk American troops to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, but they oppose 52 - 39 percent having U.S. troops "fight and possibly die" to build a stable democracy there. And they expect 62 - 22 percent that this nation-building effort will fail.

"The American people are deeply conflicted about the war in Afghanistan. Two-thirds of voters can tell you that the war is related to the 9/11 attacks and see the current effort there as worthwhile to prevent a reoccurrence," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "But they don't want a prolonged military commitment and there is obvious nervousness about requests from the military to send more troops to Afghanistan."

"Voters are willing to shed American blood to fight terror, but not for nation-building," Brown added. "And almost 3 - 1 they expect nation-building to fail."

In a direct matchup of the two choices, 65 percent of voters say eliminating terrorism should be the main U.S. goal, while 21 percent say building a stable democratic government should be the main goal.

American voters trust President Barack Obama 55 - 38 percent to make the right decisions about troop levels in Afghanistan. He wins 84 - 11 percent trust from Democrats and 52 - 41 percent trust from independent voters, but Republicans distrust him 66 - 27 percent. Voters trust the military 81 - 15 percent to make the right recommendations on troop levels.

Only 38 percent want troop levels there increased. Another 28 percent want to decrease troop levels and 21 percent want to maintain current troop levels.

"The politics of the war issue are very complicated. Republicans by 54 - 14 percent want President Barack Obama to send more troops rather than reduce the number, while by 37 - 24 percent Democrats want levels reduced," said Brown.

"Even though the support overall for more troops is less than overwhelming, four out of five American voters trust the military to make the right recommendation about Afghanistan, a recommendation which could call for more troops," said Brown.

Only 32 percent of voters overall, with slightly higher numbers as you go up the age scale, say they are worried Afghanistan will turn into another Vietnam, while 56 percent say they are confident America will avoid such a scenario.

American voters are divided 42 - 40 percent, with 17 percent undecided, in their approval of Obama's handling of Afghanistan. He scores better on Iran, with a 45 - 39 percent approval, and gets a 49 - 37 percent approval for his overall handling of foreign policy.

Regarding Iran, voters say 54 - 31 percent that U.S. bombing of Iran's nuclear development sites would be a bad idea, virtually identical to the 55 - 29 percent who feel that Israeli bombing of Iranian nuclear sites would be a bad idea, too. Jewish voters split 47 - 44 percent in their support for an Israeli bombing mission.

From September 29 - October 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,630 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              49%    25%    72%    46%    48%    51%    45%    74%    59%
Disapprove           37     66     11     42     43     33     43      6     30
DK/NA                13      9     17     11      9     17     12     20     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              59%    47%    46%    53%    49%    51%    77%    58%    24%
Disapprove           28     41     40     32     40     41     11     27     65
DK/NA                13     12     14     14     11      8     12     15     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              47%    55%    32%    39%    48%    48%
Disapprove           38     36     54     48     42     46
DK/NA                15      9     14     13     10      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Oct 7   Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 5
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              49      52      55      57      56      56
Disapprove           37      38      35      32      25      21
DK/NA                13      10       9      11      19      23
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              42%    25%    59%    41%    43%    42%    38%    68%    54%
Disapprove           40     60     21     43     44     37     46     11     30
DK/NA                17     15     19     16     13     21     17     21     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              54%    42%    35%    45%    43%    44%    63%    48%    26%
Disapprove           31     42     45     36     43     45     25     34     58
DK/NA                14     16     21     19     14     11     12     18     16
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              41%    46%    31%    33%    41%    27%
Disapprove           41     39     49     48     46     50
DK/NA                18     15     20     18     13     23
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Iran?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              45%    19%    66%    45%    45%    44%    41%    68%    47%
Disapprove           39     65     16     39     43     34     43     11     33
DK/NA                17     16     18     16     12     21     16     21     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              51%    43%    42%    48%    45%    46%    69%    52%    25%
Disapprove           31     41     41     35     41     42     20     30     60
DK/NA                18     15     17     18     15     12     11     18     15
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              42%    53%    29%    35%    46%    38%
Disapprove           40     34     53     47     43     46
DK/NA                18     13     18     18     11     15
 
 
26. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Right thing          52%    72%    38%    56%    61%    45%    57%    34%    36%
Shld not be invlvd   37     21     49     35     32     41     32     55     60
DK/NA                11      7     14     10      6     15     11     11      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Right thing          52%    57%    49%    46%    61%    62%    43%    51%    63%
Shld not be invlvd   44     34     36     43     32     30     46     39     28
DK/NA                 4      9     15     11      7      8     11     10      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Right thing          48%    63%    58%    57%    57%    61%
Shld not be invlvd   41     27     29     30     32     28
DK/NA                11     10     13     13     10     11
 
 
27. Do you happen to know why the United States sent troops to Afghanistan 8 years ago? IF NEEDED: Why? CORRECT IS ANY ANSWER THAT REFERS TO: 9/11, Taliban, Twin Towers, terrorists, al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes/Correct          65%    74%    55%    70%    77%    55%    69%    35%    65%
Don't know/Wrong     33     26     42     29     22     43     29     62     35
REFUSED               1      -      2      1      1      2      1      3      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Correct          68%    69%    61%    56%    75%    81%    65%    65%    68%
Don't know/Wrong     32     30     37     42     24     18     34     33     31
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes/Correct          60%    79%    65%    67%    71%    68%
Don't know/Wrong     39     19     34     32     29     25
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      7
 
 
28. Do you think building a stable democratic government in Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  39%    55%    25%    40%    46%    32%    42%    18%    35%
No                   52     36     64     53     47     57     48     74     56
DK/NA                 9      9     10      7      7     11      9      9      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  39%    41%    37%    33%    44%    48%    28%    38%    49%
No                   57     50     52     59     48     46     63     55     42
DK/NA                 5      9     11      9      9      6     10      7     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  35%    47%    49%    47%    38%    37%
No                   56     44     42     43     53     54
DK/NA                 9      9      9      9     10     10
 
 
29. Do you think the United States will be successful in building a stable democratic government in Afghanistan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  22%    29%    17%    22%    25%    19%    22%    20%    28%
No                   62     54     66     65     63     62     63     59     63
DK/NA                16     18     17     13     12     19     15     22      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  28%    22%    18%    22%    22%    22%    17%    22%    27%
No                   61     64     63     64     65     64     71     65     55
DK/NA                11     14     19     14     13     14     12     13     18
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  21%    24%    27%    23%    22%    15%
No                   63     61     56     61     61     66
DK/NA                16     14     17     16     16     19
 
 
30. Do you think eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  65%    80%    53%    67%    73%    57%    69%    43%    59%
No                   28     14     39     27     23     33     25     46     33
DK/NA                 7      5      8      6      3     10      6     10      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  63%    72%    59%    57%    75%    73%    54%    65%    74%
No                   31     25     31     35     22     23     39     29     20
DK/NA                 6      3     10      8      3      3      7      6      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  61%    74%    72%    70%    70%    82%
No                   31     22     20     24     23     16
DK/NA                 8      4      8      6      7      2
 
 
31. Do you think the United States will be successful in eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  38%    52%    29%    38%    45%    32%    38%    30%    47%
No                   49     37     56     50     45     53     49     55     44
DK/NA                13     11     14     12     11     15     12     16     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  44%    40%    32%    35%    39%    41%    29%    36%    47%
No                   49     49     50     52     51     47     59     53     39
DK/NA                 8     10     18     13     10     12     12     11     14
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  37%    40%    43%    38%    41%    39%
No                   50     48     44     48     48     48
DK/NA                13     11     13     14     10     13
 
 
32. What should be the main goal for the United States in Afghanistan - building a stable democratic government in Afghanistan or eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Democratic gov       21%    20%    20%    22%    22%    21%    21%    21%    28%
Eliminating terror   65     72     66     63     65     65     66     64     65
DK/NA                14      8     14     14     13     15     13     15      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Democratic gov       24%    22%    20%    22%    20%    20%    28%    20%    19%
Eliminating terror   66     67     62     63     71     69     60     66     70
DK/NA                10     11     18     15      9     11     13     13     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Democratic gov       20%    24%    23%    22%    19%    15%
Eliminating terror   65     64     66     65     70     77
DK/NA                14     12     11     13     12      8
 
 
33. Do you think the number of US troops in Afghanistan should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Increased            38%    54%    24%    40%    48%    28%    41%    18%    34%
Decreased            28     14     37     28     23     33     25     45     36
Kept the same        21     19     26     19     17     25     20     25     27
DK/NA                13     13     13     13     12     14     14     12      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Increased            24%    42%    43%    33%    41%    46%    23%    34%    52%
Decreased            38     26     24     33     25     24     42     29     19
Kept the same        28     21     18     24     21     19     22     24     19
DK/NA                10     11     15     11     13     11     14     13     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Increased            36%    42%    42%    45%    40%    50%
Decreased            30     23     21     21     27     11
Kept the same        22     20     22     20     22     30
DK/NA                12     15     14     14     11      8
 
 
34. Do you think increasing American troops in Afghanistan will make the United States safer from terrorism or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  40%    58%    26%    41%    50%    31%    43%    20%    42%
No                   51     33     65     49     42     58     47     70     52
DK/NA                10      9      9     10      8     11      9     11      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  29%    44%    42%    37%    43%    47%    23%    37%    54%
No                   63     48     46     54     49     45     68     54     37
DK/NA                 7      8     12      9      8      8      8      9      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  38%    44%    50%    48%    42%    46%
No                   53     46     39     41     50     48
DK/NA                 9     10     11     11      8      6
 
 
35. Do you think that the United States needs to increase American troops in Afghanistan in order to win the war or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  44%    60%    29%    47%    53%    35%    46%    27%    41%
No                   43     30     57     40     36     50     40     61     55
DK/NA                13     10     14     13     10     15     14     13      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  32%    48%    46%    40%    49%    47%    28%    40%    58%
No                   58     41     37     48     42     39     58     48     31
DK/NA                10     11     16     12      9     13     14     12     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  41%    50%    48%    50%    45%    48%
No                   46     38     37     35     42     41
DK/NA                13     13     15     15     13     11
 
 
36. How much longer would you be willing to have large numbers of US troops remain in Afghanistan - less than a year, one to two years, two to five years, five to ten years, or as long as it takes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Less than a year     28%    13%    38%    28%    23%    33%    25%    45%    35%
One to two years     21     16     29     18     18     23     21     25     25
Two to five years    14     19     11     15     18     10     16      7      5
Five to ten years     2      1      1      2      2      1      2      -      1
As long as it takes  30     46     16     31     34     26     31     17     33
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      4      7      5      6      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Less than a year     29%    26%    31%    33%    22%    23%    39%    30%    20%
One to two years     22     22     20     20     26     20     28     22     16
Two to five years    15     16     12     13     17     16     12     17     13
Five to ten years     2      2      1      1      2      3      2      2      2
As long as it takes  28     32     28     28     29     34     15     24     45
DK/NA                 3      3      9      5      3      4      4      6      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Less than a year     32%    20%    21%    23%    26%    18%
One to two years     20     25     17     19     21     23
Two to five years    12     19     15     16     17     12
Five to ten years     1      4      2      2      2      3
As long as it takes  30     29     38     35     30     40
DK/NA                 6      4      7      6      5      3
 
 
37. Do you trust President Obama to make the right decisions about U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  55%    27%    84%    52%    50%    60%    49%    89%    73%
No                   38     66     11     41     45     31     44      6     22
DK/NA                 7      7      5      7      5      9      7      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  63%    55%    51%    60%    53%    54%    80%    63%    33%
No                   32     39     40     33     42     41     15     30     61
DK/NA                 5      5      9      7      4      5      5      7      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  55%    56%    41%    44%    52%    50%
No                   37     39     52     47     42     47
DK/NA                 8      4      7      8      6      3
 
 
38. Do you trust the US military to make the right recommendations about U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  81%    92%    75%    83%    81%    81%    82%    80%    83%
No                   15      6     18     15     16     14     14     14     14
DK/NA                 4      2      7      3      3      6      4      6      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  83%    83%    78%    79%    84%    83%    74%    81%    88%
No                   15     14     16     17     15     13     22     15      9
DK/NA                 2      3      6      4      1      3      4      4      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  80%    83%    86%    85%    84%    77%
No                   15     14     10     12     12     20
DK/NA                 5      3      3      3      4      3
 
 
39. Which concerns you more - the United States will stay in Afghanistan too long, or the United States will leave Afghanistan too soon?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Stay too long        50%    28%    69%    47%    44%    55%    45%    73%    65%
Leave too soon       42     66     22     46     51     35     48     16     32
DK/NA                 8      6      9      7      5     10      7     11      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Stay too long        56%    49%    48%    55%    49%    45%    69%    56%    32%
Leave too soon       41     46     40     38     46     51     24     38     60
DK/NA                 3      5     12      7      5      4      7      6      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Stay too long        51%    47%    38%    41%    47%    38%
Leave too soon       40     48     54     51     47     57
DK/NA                 9      4      8      8      6      6
 
 
40. Do you think the United States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Afghanistan as it had in the Vietnam war, or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes/Same as Vietnam  32%    24%    34%    35%    34%    30%    32%    30%    38%
No/Will avoid that   56     64     55     54     58     54     56     60     44
DK/NA                12     12     11     11      8     16     11     10     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Same as Vietnam  28%    32%    35%    34%    31%    30%    37%    33%    29%
No/Will avoid that   60     59     51     55     58     60     53     58     59
DK/NA                12      8     14     10     12     10     11     10     13
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes/Same as Vietnam  34%    26%    30%    29%    32%    26%
No/Will avoid that   53     63     59     58     57     66
DK/NA                13     11     11     13     11      9
 
 
41. Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea for the United States to bomb Iran's nuclear development sites?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Good idea            31%    41%    25%    31%    38%    25%    31%    27%    41%
Bad idea             54     41     59     58     52     56     55     54     47
DK/NA                15     18     16     11      9     20     14     20     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            28%    33%    31%    31%    32%    32%    22%    28%    41%
Bad idea             59     54     51     53     57     58     69     58     42
DK/NA                13     13     17     16     11     11      9     13     17
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Good idea            33%    26%    38%    32%    32%    46%
Bad idea             50     64     44     53     53     48
DK/NA                16     11     18     14     15      6
 
 
42. Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea for Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear development sites?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Good idea            29%    39%    21%    29%    38%    21%    29%    23%    32%
Bad idea             55     45     62     57     51     59     56     56     58
DK/NA                16     16     17     14     11     20     15     21     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            24%    30%    32%    28%    31%    30%    19%    23%    43%
Bad idea             64     57     48     57     57     58     72     63     39
DK/NA                12     13     20     15     12     12      9     14     18
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Good idea            30%    26%    35%    31%    29%    44%
Bad idea             52     63     48     52     57     47
DK/NA                17     11     17     16     14      9