Man Of The Year: U.S. Attitudes: Unity and Strength

A modest majority of Americans favor the use of military force against Iran, either in an effort to rescue the embassy hostages or in retaliation against the Tehran government for putting them on trial. Yet an even larger majority oppose any such show of U.S. strength if the prisoners are released unharmed.

These are two of the conclusions from a survey of U.S. attitudes about the Iran crisis, conducted for TIME by the opinion research firm Yankelovich, Skelly and White, Inc. The telephone poll of 1,041 registered voters showed that 64% would support military action if that were the only way to...

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