The score for war

Newly imposed sanctions on Iran are mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran. The Bush administration may not be calling for military action yet, but voters are certainly looking ahead as though it’s an option to deal with the Islamic country’s nuclear ambitions.

According to an Oct. 29 Zogby poll, a majority of likely voters (52 percent) said they’d support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. And 53 percent said it’s likely a strike will occur before the next presidential election.

Those who believe a U.S. strike could take place in the near future:

Democrats: 63 percent
Independents: 51 percent
Republicans: 44 percent

Those who would support a strike:

Republicans: 71 percent
Independents: 44 percent
Democrats: 41 percent

Which presidential candidate would be best equipped to deal with Iran?

Hillary Clinton: 21 percent
Rudy Giuliani: 15 percent
John McCain: 14 percent
Barack Obama: 10 percent
Fred Thompson: 5 percent
John Edwards: 4 percent
Mitt Romney: 3 percent