Talk to Iran? Yes. If They Don’t Agree to Stop Nukes? No.

Posted June 4, 2008 at 4:00pm

A Rasmussen Reports survey conducted June 3 presents a somewhat different perspective than Gallup did the other day on one question that has already been the subject of intense debate in the campaign: whether, as Barack Obama has said, the next President should be ready to engage in diplomacy with countries considered to be enemies and whether that should happen without preconditions. John McCain has sparred with Obama on this, and even President Bush made remarks during a recent trip to Israel that were interpreted by some as criticism of Obama on this point, even though he did not name him.

Rasmussen says that 45 percent of likely voters believe it would be a good idea for the President to meet with the President of Iran, 35 percent said no, and 19 percent were not sure. However, by a 59 percent to 24 percent margin, voters said Iran should be required to stop developing a nuclear weapons capability before any talks were held.