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Global support for use of military force to prevent nuclear weapons in Iran 2012

Should military force be used to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons or should a nuclear-armed Iran be accepted?

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Release date

May 2012



Survey time period

March 17, 2012 to April 20, 2012

Number of respondents

Approx. 1000 per country

Age group

8-19 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

Sample size in Brazil was 800, China 3,177, India 4,018, Japan 700, Mexico 1,200 and Pakistan 1,206.
All respondents also clearly opposed Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Countries from the original survey group who did not oppose Iran acquiring nuclear weapons are not shown here.
Original interview question: In your opinion, which is more important - preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it means taking military action OR avoiding a military conflict with Iran, even if it means they may develop nuclear weapons?
Percentage points exceeding 100 percent are likely due to rounding.

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