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Middle East: Hezbollah to Blame for Current Strife, 56% Say

Many Fear a Wider Regional Conflict to Come

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A week into the renewed violence between Israel and Lebanon triggered by the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, 56% of Americans say that Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah is to blame for the conflict. Just 18% place the blame on the government of Lebanon and 12% say Israel. Men and Republicans are more likely than women and Democrats to blame Hezbollah. Our survey was conducted Monday and Tuesday, July 17 and 18. The question wording did not identify Hezbollah in any way. Respondents were simply asked about “the government of Israel, the government of Lebanon, or Hezbollah.”

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