Poll: UK Shows Strong Support for Iran Sanctions

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There is overwhelming support in Britain for tough sanctions against Iran – but little belief that the leaders of the Islamic Republic would negotiate in good faith, a new poll sponsored by The Israel Project has found.

The poll of 2,048 adults conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research February 24-27, 2012, found that a majority saw Iran as a threat to Israel (74 percent), other Arab countries (71 percent), the Iranian people (68 percent), Europe (59 percent) and the United States (57 percent).

Sixty eight percent said they supported the strong economic and trade sanctions adopted by the European Union while only seven percent were opposed. But 67 percent thought the sanctions were not likely to prevent the Iranians acquiring a nuclear capability. And 45 percent said they doubted the Iranians would negotiate in good faith, while 21 percent said they would.

The margin of error of the poll was plus or minus 2.2 percentage point.

U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed Iran among other issues at a White House meeting on Wednesday with Obama warning that the “window for diplomacy is shrinking” to deal with Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. 

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Obama insisted there is still "time and space" for a diplomatic solution, but it was growing narrower.

"We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," Obama said, adding that he had sent a message "personally" to the Iranian leadership that it should re-enter international arms talks in good faith.

"Tehran must understand that it cannot escape or evade the choice before it. Meet your international obligations or face the consequences," Obama said

"Nothing is off the table," Cameron added.

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