Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes the victory sign as he waits for a meeting with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Tehran, February 1, 2009
Just 11% of U.S. voters think America should apologize to Iran for â€œcrimesâ€ against the Islamic country â€“ one of the prerequisites demanded by the Iranian president before he will agree to meet with President Barack Obama.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 73% oppose such an apology.
Obama in an interview last week with al-Arabiya, a 24-hour Arabic language satellite network, offered to end nearly 30 years of bad relations with Iran if the Middle Eastern nation is ready to “unclench its fist.â€ Ahmadinejad responded by demanding an apology for U.S. “crimes” against Iran and calling for major changes in U.S. policies toward his country.
Other interesting results of the poll:
- 52 per cent of American votes view Iran as an ENEMY of the United States.
- 56 per cent believe Iran should be required to stop developing its nuclear weapons capabilities before a meeting is allowed between the presidents of the two countries – a precondition.
- 36 per cent believe relations between the two countries will get worse over the coming year, while 33% think they will get better.
- 77 per cent of American voters say Iran’s nuclear program is for weapons development.
Now what was President Obama saying about meeting and schmoozing the Iranians?
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