Barack Obama has good reason to hope that the simmering crisis over Iran’s nuclear ambitions does not boil over. If it does, say in response to an Israeli strike, and the president has to decide whether America should take some kind of military action, he may have to choose between dividing his country and dividing Nato.
YouGov recently conducted five parallel surveys on the subject: in the United States, Britain, Germany and Denmark (which currently holds the European Union presidency), and across the Arab world, from Morocco to Iraq.
Most people in all five surveys believe Iran is striving to develop nuclear weapons. Even across the Arab world, fewer than one in five people believe Tehran’s assurances that its sole ambition is to produce civil nuclear power. The problem is what to do about this. Clear majorities across Europe, the US and the Middle East oppose military intervention on the