Reuters/Ipsos Data: Perceptions of Iran (05/22/2019)

Amid increasing tensions between Iran and America, just 39 percent approve of President's Trump's handling of Iran.

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Washington, D.C. - With tensions escalating between Washington, D.C. and Tehran, Reuters/Ipsos surveyed Americans on their perceptions of Iran and the prospect of military conflict. The poll found that half of Americans (52%) believe that it is likely America will go to war with Iran in the next few years. This is an eight-point increase from a similar poll conducted in June 2018. A similar number of Americans view Iran as a significant or imminent threat (53%). The same poll found that 51 percent of Americans view Russia as a threat, but only 22 percent say it is somewhat or very likely that America will go to war with Russia in the next few years. One in ten Americans (12%) believe America should pre-emptively attack Iran’s military interests. But, if Iran were to attack the U.S. first, Americans agree that a military response would be warranted (79%) but are split on the amount of force to use; 40 percent would call for a limited military response with airstrikes, and 39 percent would call for a full military response with airstrikes and a ground invasion. Fifteen percent didn’t know. When it came to evaluating Donald Trump’s handling of Iran, 39 percent of Americans approve, 49 percent disapprove, and 12 percent don’t know.

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About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between May 17-20, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 1,007 Americans, including 869 registered voters, 350 Democrat registered voters, 289 Republican registered voters, and 181 independent registered voters ages 18+ were interviewed online. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all adults, 3.8 percentage points for registered voters, 6.0 percentage points for Democrat registered voters, 6.6 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and 8.3 percentage points for independent registered voters. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.

The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of greater than zero but less than one half of one per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. To see more information on this and other Reuters/Ipsos polls, please visit

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Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
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Annaleise Azevedo Lohr
Senior Account Manager, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
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  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs