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  •  The poll you linked to is encouraging - and proof (3+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, Terra Mystica, elwior

    of how much impact the formulation of questions has. A majority of Iranians in this poll stated that they support the development of nuclear weapons by Iran.  In most cases, that's where the poll would stop, and that's the response that would be reported, say, in the US commercial media.

    This poll tried an alternative:

    When presented with an option to give up nuclear weapons development in return for outside aid, only 17 percent still supported nuclear weapons development.

    There are hardline, militant factions in Iran, but it's a complex country, which the US has pushed to the right just as hard as possible. With a different kind of administraion in power here, the possibilities in Iran will shift as well. That's important, because in any case, Iran is going to be an increasingly important regional power.

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