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Vast Majority of Americans & Canadians Believe World Cannot Tolerate Nuclear Iran

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As Iran continues their uranium enrichment process despite international sanctions continuously levied against them, most Canadians and Americans are in strong agreement that the world cannot tolerate an Iran with any nuclear weapons capabilities, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of The Munk Debates.

Only 8% of Americans (3% strongly/5% somewhat) and Canadians (3% strongly/6% somewhat) believe that the world can tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapon capabilities. Nearly all (92%) Americans (63% strongly/29% somewhat) and Canadians (59% strongly/32% somewhat), however, agree that a nuclear-capable Iran is intolerable for the world.

The survey was commissioned by the Munk Debates for release today as 3,000 people convene at Roy Thompson Hall to take part in the Munk Debate on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and Middle East scholar and former diplomat Vali Nasr will argue against the debate motion “the world cannot tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability”. Their opponents will be columnist Charles Krauthammer and former head of Israeli military intelligence Amos Yadlin. – More information at

Americans and Canadians’ negative attitudes towards the threat of a nuclear-capable Iran include a willingness to act militarily. A similar poll conducted last month by Ipsos Reid on behalf of The Munk Debates revealed that a majority (59%) of Americans and a slight minority (41%) of Canadians said they would support their country’s military participating in a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities. Each country also ranked a nuclear-armed Iran in their top three among a list of global threats (America – 2nd, Canada- 3rd).

“Many people, I think were assuming that this government was somehow out of step with public opinion when it comes to its very hawkish, hard-line stance on Iran,” Rudyard Griffiths, co-organizer and moderator of the debates, was quoted as saying by the Montreal Gazette.

According to Griffiths, the survey proves that the vast majority of North American citizens support one of two options regarding the manner in which nuclear Iran must be dealt with: A pre-emptive strike that will destroy Tehran’s nuclear capability or a series of attacks over a few years in order to systematically hinder Iran’s enrichment abilities.

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