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U.S. Public: Iran’s Crackdown Upsets Us, But We Shouldn’t Do Anything About It

While I might quibble with the wording a little — when people hear “not directly intervene,” what do they think of? Not invading? — I find these numbers pretty darn depressing:

A new national poll suggests that that nearly three out of four Americans don’t want the U.S. directly intervene in the election crisis in Iran even though most Americans are upset by how the Iranian government has dealt with protests over controversial election results.

More than eight in ten questioned in the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, released Monday, think the election results released by the Iranian government were a fraud, with just one in ten believing the results were accurate. But only three in ten respondents say they are personally outraged by the results, with another 55 percent upset by not outraged.

Most Americans approve of how President Obama’s handled the situation. And 74 percent think the U.S. government should not directly intervene in the post-election crisis, with one out of four feeling that Washington should openly support the demonstrators who are protesting the election results.

Suggested New York Daily News headline: U.S. PUBLIC TO PROTESTERS: DROP DEAD

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