US public's support for 'regime change' operations falls to 15%

A March 7-11 poll by the New York Times and CBS News found that just 15% of respondents believed the US government should engage in "regime change" operations overseas. The poll asked: "Should the United States try to change a dictatorship to a democracy where it can, or should the United States stay out of other countries' affairs?" Supporters of regime change operations fell 12 points from 27% in 2004 and those who believe the US should "stay out" increased from 59% in 2004 to 69% in the March poll. The poll also found that a mere 10% of those polled support military action against Iran. Only 14% believed the US government was telling the whole truth when it claimed Iran is supplying Iraqi insurgents with weapons to use against US forces occupying Iraq.

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