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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian, U.S. Views About Iran

WASHINGTON -- While a clear majority of Russians and Americans questioned in a new survey said they thought Iran was trying to develop a nuclear weapon, only about one-third of the Russians said they would be very concerned if Iran succeeded.

Sixty-four percent of Americans described themselves as very concerned about such a possibility.

The survey was conducted in April and comprised parallel polls of Russian and American public opinion. The Worldpublicopinion.org research organization carried out the U.S. poll. The Levada Center conducted the Russian poll.

In the survey, most Russians and Americans said the United States should pursue a diplomatic approach if Iran persisted in producing fuel that could be used in nuclear weapons.

Twenty-four percent of Americans favored bombing Iran's nuclear facilities should nuclear fuel production continue, compared with 7 percent of Russians, the survey found.

While 68 percent of Americans surveyed said they wanted the UN Security Council to vote for economic sanctions against Iran if it continued to produce such fuel, only 23 percent of Russians said they supported such a vote.