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Monday, October 1, 2012
FPI Poll of Americans: 62.0%:23.3% US should prevent nuclear Iran even if requires US military force, 70.0% view Israel favorably

Table # 13 Q14. - REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, IN
YOUR OPINION, WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT?
1. PREVENTING IRAN FROM GETTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, EVEN IF IT MEANS TAKING
U.S. MILITARY ACTION TO DO SO.
2. AVOIDING MILITARY CONFLICT WITH IRAN, EVEN IF THAT MEANS THEY COULD
DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
MILITARY ACTION 62.0
AVOID CONFLICT 23.3
DK/REFUSED 14.7

Foreign Policy Initiative Poll
http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/files/uploads/images/FPI%20national%20survey%20crosstabs%20Sept%2027%202012.pdf

The national survey on Foreign Policy Matters in 2012 was conducted by
Basswood Research from September 15-17, 2012, on behalf of the Foreign
Policy Initiative. The survey’s margin of error is 3.1 percent on a sample
of 1000 likely voters. Respondents passed a series of screens to indicate
that they are very likely to be voting in the November 2012 general
election. In terms of party affiliation, 37.9 percent of respondents
identified themselves with the Republican Party, 39.9 percent identified
with the Democratic Party, and 20.0 percent identified either as Independent
or with no party at all.

When asked in an open-ended question to name the country in the world that
poses “the most danger” to America’s national security interests,
respondents most frequently (45.1%) said the Islamic Republic of Iran.

A majority of Americans (62.0%) favor preventing Iran from getting nuclear
weapons—even if this option means the use of military force—over the
alternative of avoiding armed conflict and accepting the likelihood that
Iran gets nuclear weapons.

A strong majority of Americans (70.0%) view Israel favorably.

When asked in an open-ended question to name the country that is “America’s
best ally in the world today”, Israel (15.9%) came second only to the United
Kingdom (54.0%).

***BASSWOOD RESEARCH
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 Page : 1

SURVEY OF NATIONWIDE GENERAL ELECTION VOTERS - USA

Table # 1 Q1. - ON A SCALE FROM 1 TO 10, WITH 1 BEING NOT AT ALL LIKELY AND
10 BEING EXTREMELY LIKELY, HOW LIKELY ARE YOU TO VOTE IN THIS YEAR'S
ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?

Total n N 1000
Mean 9.87

Table # 2 Q2. - OVERALL, DO YOU FEEL THE UNITED STATES IS HEADING IN THE
RIGHT DIRECTION, OR HEADING DOWN THE WRONG TRACK?
RIGHT DIRECTION 38.2 WRONG TRACK 55.5 DK/REFUSED 6.3

Table # 3 Q3. - IF YOU HAD TO LABEL YOURSELF, WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE A
LIBERAL, A MODERATE OR A CONSERVATIVE IN YOUR POLITICAL BELIEFS?

LIBERAL 25.1 Very Lib. 12.4 Somewhat Lib. 12.7
MODERATE 32.2 CONSERVATIVE 38.3 Somewhat Cons. 17.5 Very Cons. 20.8
DK/REFUSED 4.4

Table # 4 Q4. - WHEN YOU ARE CONSIDERING WHOM TO VOTE FOR IN THIS YEAR'S
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING ISSUES IS YOUR TOP VOTING
CONCERN?

THE ECONOMY 49.0 SOCIAL SEC./MEDICARE 13.8 THE NATIONAL DEBT 9.5
HEALTH CARE 8.6 NATIONAL SECURITY 5.7 TAXES 2.5 THE ENVIRONMENT 2.4
ABORTION 2.3 IMMIGRATION 1.3 DK/REFUSED 4.9

Table # 5 Q5. - IF THE ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS HELD
TODAY, AND THE CANDIDATES WERE BARACK OBAMA, THE DEMOCRAT, AND MITT ROMNEY,
THE REPUBLICAN, FOR WHOM WOULD YOU VOTE?
Vote Obama 44.8 Lean Obama 2.8
Vote Romney 43.4 Lean Romney 0.8
FIRM UNDECIDED 8.2

Table # 6 Q7. - WHAT DO YOU THINK PRESENTS THE LARGEST THREAT TO AMERICAN
NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS TODAY?
TERRORISTS 17.1 BARACK OBAMA/ADMIN 8.2 MIDDLE EAST 6.5
ISLAM/FUNDAMENT/MILIT 6.4 ECONOMIC SITU/DEBT 4.2 FOREIGN POLICY 4.2
DEFENSE SYSTEM 3.5 IRAN 3.5 IMMIGRANT/ILLEG ALIEN 3.2
WE/OURSELVES 2.0 AL QAEDA 1.9 EXTREMISTS 1.7 GOP 1.7
NUCLEAR WEAPONS 1.6 EMBASSY INVASION 1.5 SECURITY SITU 1.4
MITT ROMNEY 1.3 ARAB COUNTRIES 1.2 CHINA 1.1
ENERGY DEPENDENCE 1.0 WAR 1.0 ATHIEST/ANTI-G-D/RELI 0.9
ANTI-AMERICAN 0.8 EGYPT 0.8 AFHGANISTAN 0.7
MEDIA 0.7 NORTH KOREA 0.7 GOVERNMENT 0.6
COMMUNISTS/SOCIALISTS 0.5 POLITICIANS/SYSTEM 0.5 RIGHT WING GROUPS 0.5
UNEMPLOYMENT 0.5 HEALTH CARE/SYS/REFRM 0.4 GLOBAL WARM/ENVIRON 0.3
GUN ISSUES 0.3 SYRIA 0.3 TEA PARTY 0.3 TALIBAN 0.3
BICKER/GRIDLOCK 0.2 CONGRESS 0.2
ISRAEL 0.2 PAKISTAN 0.2 PAC'S/INFLUENCE 0.2 WALL STREET/BANKERS 0.2
COMPUTER HACKNG/CRIME 0.1 DEMOCRATS/PARTY/DNC 0.1
ELITE/1% 0.1 ENVIRONMENTLST/SIERRA 0.1 INFRASTRUCTURE/AGING 0.1
iRAQ 0.1 RUSSIAS 0.1 UNITED NATIONS 0.1 DON'T KNOW 14.7

Table # 7 Q8. - IF YOU HAD TO SINGLE OUT ONE COUNTRY, WHICH COUNTRY DO YOU
THINK PRESENTS THE MOST DANGER TO AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS
TODAY?
IRAN 45.1
CHINA 7.6
AFGHANISTAN 6.3
MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES 4.1
IRAQ 4.0 3
NORTH KOREA 3.3
PAKISTAN 2.7
LIBYA 2.3
AMERICA ITSELF 2.2
SYRIA 2.2
ISRAEL 1.2
RUSSIA 1.0
SAUDI ARABIA 1.0
EGYPT 0.9
MEXICO 0.7
ARAB COUNTRIES 0.4
ENGLAND 0.4
SUDAN 0.4
YEMEN 0.4
ALL FOREIGN COUNTRIES 0.3
EUROPE 0.1
JAPAN 0.1
SOUTH KOREA 0.1
DON'T KNOW 13.2

Table # 8 Q9. - AND WHICH ONE COUNTRY WOULD YOU NAME AS AMERICA'S BEST ALLY
IN THE WORLD TODAY?

ENGLAND/GR BRITAIN 54.0
ISRAEL 15.9
CANADA 8.7

CHINA 2.3
FRANCE 1.9
GERMANY 0.9
RUSSIA 0.7
ALL OF EUROPE 0.6
AUSTRALIA 0.6
EGYPT 0.5
JAPAN 0.5
INDIA 0.2
HOLLAND 0.1
GREECE 0.1
IRAN 0.1
ITALY 0.1
KENYA 0.1
MEXICO 0.1
NORWAY 0.1
SAUDI ARABIA 0.1
SOUTH AFRICA 0.1
DON'T KNOW 12.3

Table # 9 Q10. - IN GENERAL, WHEN IT COMES TO WORLD AFFAIRS, WOULD YOU SAY
AMERICA IS A FORCE FOR GOOD IN THE WORLD?
YES 85.7 NO 9.4 DK/REFUSED 4.9

Table # 10 Q11. - HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR THE UNITED STATES TO PLAY A
SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS? WOULD YOU SAY IT IS VERY IMPORTANT,
SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT, NOT VERY IMPORTANT, OR NOT AT ALL IMPORTANT THAT THE
U.S. PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS?
IMPORTANT 92.2 - Very Important 56.0 Somewhat Important 36.2
NOT IMPORTANT 5.4 -Not Very Important 4.2 Not At All Important 1.2
DK/REFUSED 2.4

Table # 11 Q12. - HAVE RECENT EVENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST MADE NATIONAL
SECURITY ISSUES MORE OR LESS IMPORTANT TO YOU IN YOUR DETERMINATION OF WHOM
TO VOTE FOR IN THIS YEAR'S PRESIDENT ELECTION? IF THE EVENTS IN THE MIDDLE
EAST MAKE NO DIFFERENCE TO YOUR VOTE, JUST SAY SO.

MORE IMPORTANT 59.8
LESS IMPORTANT 5.6
NO DIFFERENCE 31.9
DK/REFUSED 2.7

Table # 12 Q13. - HOW IMPORTANT IS IT THAT THE PERSON WHO IS ELECTED AS
PRESIDENT BE PREPARED TO BE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF? WOULD YOU SAY BEING
PREPARED TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT QUALIFICATION
FOR BEING PRESIDENT, OR WOULD YOU SAY IT IS VERY IMPORTANT, SOMEWHAT
IMPORTANT, NOT VERY IMPORTANT, OR NOT AT ALL IMPORTANT?

IMPORTANT 97.3 Single Most Impt. 18.9 Very Important 67.7 Somewhat
Important 10.7

NOT IMPORTANT 1.5 Not Very Important 0.8 Not At All Important 0.7
DK/REFUSED 1.2

Table # 13 Q14. - REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, IN
YOUR OPINION, WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT?
1. PREVENTING IRAN FROM GETTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, EVEN IF IT MEANS TAKING
U.S. MILITARY ACTION TO DO SO.
2. AVOIDING MILITARY CONFLICT WITH IRAN, EVEN IF THAT MEANS THEY COULD
DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
MILITARY ACTION 62.0
AVOID CONFLICT 23.3
DK/REFUSED 14.7

Table # 14 Q15. - THINKING BACK TO THE ATTACK ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON
SEPTEMBER
11TH, 2001, IN GENERAL, DO YOU THINK THE THREAT OF ADDITIONAL TERRORISM ON
AMERICAN SOIL HAS INCREASED OR DECREASED SINCE THEN?

INCREASED 44.0
DECREASED 35.4
NO DIFFERENT 17.2
DK/REFUSED 3.4

Table # 15 Q16. - DO YOU THINK AMERICA SHOULD MAINTAIN OUR TROOP PRESENCE IN
AFGHANISTAN TO ENSURE THAT THE COUNTRY DOES NOT AGAIN BECOME A SAFE HAVEN
FOR TERRORISTS, OR DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD WITHDRAW OUR TROOPS FROM
AFGHANISTAN REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE AFGHAN FORCES ARE READY TO SECUR THEIR
OWN COUNTRY?

MAINTAIN TROOPS 47.9
WITHDRAW 43.0
DK/REFUSED 9.1

Table # 16 Q17. - DO YOU THINK AMERICA SHOULD WORK WITH OUR ALLIES TO
ESTABLISH NO FLY ZONES IN SYRIA, TO PROTECT CIVILIANS AND HELP ENSURE A
TRANSITION TO A MORE PRO-WESTERN GOVERNMENT INSTEAD OF THE CURRENT
TERRORIST- SUPPORTING REGIME OF BASHAR AL-ASSAD?

YES 65.8 NO 14.6 DK/REFUSED 19.6

Table # 17 Q18. - DO YOU THINK TRADE BETWEEN AMERICA AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES
IS GENERALLY A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT OPENS FOREIGN MARKETS TO AMERICAN
BUSINESSES AND HELPS CREATE JOBS HERE AT HOME, OR DO YOU THINK TRADE IS
GENERALLY A BAD THING BECAUSE OTHER COUNTRIES USE UNFAIR TRADING
PRACTICES AND AMERICAN COMPANIES AND JOBS END UP MOVING OVERSEAS? (NET DIF 1
= PERCENT TRADE GOOD MINUS PERCENT TRADE BAD)

TRADE GOOD 61.9 TRADE BAD 28.7 DK/REFUSED 9.4

Table # 18 Q19. - WHEN IT COMES TO TODAY’S DEFENSE BUDGET, DO YOU THINK WE
ARE SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON NATIONAL DEFENSE, DO YOU THINK WE ARE
SPENDING TOO LITTLE ON THE MILITARY, OR DO YOU THINK THE CURRENT SPENDING
LEVELS ARE ABOUT RIGHT?

TOO MUCH 28.6 TOO LITTLE 23.0 ABOUT RIGHT 40.1 DK/REFUSED 8.3

Table # 19 Q20. - WHICH DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO
AMERICA'S NATIONAL DEBT PROBLEM?
1. TOO MUCH SPENDING ON DOMESTIC ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS
2. TOO MUCH SPENDING ON THE MILITARY
3. TOO MANY TAX CUTS

ENTITLEMENTS 42.0 TAX CUTS 27.7 MILITARY 14.5 DK/REFUSED 15.8

Table # 20 Q21. - WHICH PORTION OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET DO YOU THINK HAS GROWN
THE MOST OVER THE LAST SIXTY YEARS?
1. DEFENSE SPENDING
2. DOMESTIC SPENDING ON ITEMS LIKE EDUCATION, ROADS, CRIME PREVENTION, AND
AGRICULTURE OR
3. ENTITLEMENT SPENDING ON ITEMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND

ENTITLEMENT SPENDING 36.7
DEFENSE SPENDING 32.8
DOMESTIC SPENDING 3 14.3
DK/REFUSED 16.2

Table # 22 Q23. - WHEN IT COMES TO PROVIDING AMERICAN FOREIGN AID DOLLARS TO
OTHER COUNTRIES, WHICH OF THOSE TWO VIEWPOINTS COMES CLOSEST TO YOUR OWN?
1. SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT FOREIGN AID SERVES IMPORTANT LONG-TERM NATIONAL
SECURITY INTERESTS BY SUPPORTING ALLIES AND FRIENDLY COUNTRIES.
2. OTHER PEOPLE SAY FOREIGN AID MONEY IS WASTED BECAUSE IT DOES NOT
BUY US FRIENDSHIPS ABROAD AND WE CAN'T AFFORD IT.

NAT'L SEC. INTERESTS 37.5
MONEY WASTED 53.6
DK/REFUSED 8.9

Table # 23 Q24. - WOULD YOU VIEWS ON FOREIGN AID CHANGE IF THE AID WAS ONLY
PROVIDED TO COUNTRIES OR INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES THAT COULD PROVE THAT THE
AID WAS BEING USED EFFECTIVELY AND NOT WASTED?

YES 71.6 NO 20.1 DK/REFUSED 8.2

Table # 25 Q26. - NOW, PLEASE TELL ME WHETHER YOU HAVE A FAVORABLE OR
UNFAVORABLE OPINION OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES. IF YOU HAVE NO
OPINION OR HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE COUNTRY, JUST SAY SO.

"CHINA"
FAVORABLE 36.8 Very Favorable 9.9 Somewhat Favorable 26.9
UNFAVORABLE 50.9 Somewhat Unfavorable 26.9 Very Unfavorable 24.0
NO OPINION 12.3

"RUSSIA"
FAVORABLE 35.0 Very Favorable 6.9 Somewhat Favorable 28.1
UNFAVORABLE 50.0 Somewhat Unfavorable 30.1 Very Unfavorable 19.9
NO OPINION 15.0

"IRAN"
FAVORABLE 4.4 Very Favorable 0.3 Somewhat Favorable 4.1
UNFAVORABLE 89.6 Somewhat Unfavorable 16.1 Very Unfavorable 73.5
NO OPINION 6.0

"ISRAEL"
FAVORABLE 70.0 Very Favorable 35.9 Somewhat Favorable 34.1
UNFAVORABLE 20.4 Somewhat Unfavorable 10.8 Very Unfavorable 9.6
NO OPINION 9.6

"GREECE"
FAVORABLE 49.6 Very Favorable 13.8 Somewhat Favorable 35.8
UNFAVORABLE 22.6 Somewhat Unfavorable 16.4 Very Unfavorable 6.2
NO OPINION 27.8

"ENGLAND"
FAVORABLE 92.1 Very Favorable 67.7 Somewhat Favorable 24.4
UNFAVORABLE 2.5 Somewhat Unfavorable 1.5 Very Unfavorable 1.0
NO OPINION 5.4

"FRANCE"
FAVORABLE 71.2 Very Favorable 29.1 Somewhat Favorable 42.1
UNFAVORABLE 19.0 Somewhat Unfavorable 12.2 Very Unfavorable 6.8
NO OPINION 9.8

"NORTH KOREA"
FAVORABLE 6.6 Very Favorable 1.9 Somewhat Favorable 4.7
UNFAVORABLE 84.0 Somewhat Unfavorable 14.5 Very Unfavorable 69.5
NO OPINION 9.4

"EGYPT"
FAVORABLE 24.9 Very Favorable 4.9 Somewhat Favorable 20.0
UNFAVORABLE 59.1 Somewhat Unfavorable 31.2 Very Unfavorable 27.9

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