Poll: Americans favor intervening to stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons

A new poll by the Pew Research Center found that a majority of Americans strongly favor considering military action against Iran to stop it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The poll found that 64 percent of Americans agreed that it was "more important to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons even if it means taking military action," NewsTrackIndia.com reports.

Twenty-four percent of Americans, however, agreed that it is "more important to avoid military conflict even if Iran may develop nuclear weapons."

In addition to problems in Iran, the poll revealed that many Americans continue to favor Israel over Palestine but the gap was narrowing with younger Americans. Forty-nine percent of respondents reported that they sympathized with Israel more than with the Palestinians, wile 12 percent said that they sympathized with Palestinians more than with Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post.

In the 18-29 age bracket, 36 percent of those responding to the poll said that they favored Israel while 19 percent favored Palestine. In the 30-49 age bracket, however, 47 percent said that they favored Israel and only 11 percent favored the Palestinians.

For the 50-64 age bracket, the numbers rose to 59 percent favoring Israel and 11 percent favoring the Palestinians. For those 65 years of age an older, 54 percent supported Israel and only eight percent supported the Palestinians, according to NewsTrackIndia.com.