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Poll: 99 Percent of Americans Believe Iran is Threat to U.S.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech during a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) to mark the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on Feb. 10, 2013. (credit: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech during a rally in Tehran’s Azadi Square (Freedom Square) to mark the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on Feb. 10, 2013. (credit: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A new poll finds that nearly 100 percent of Americans believe that Iran is a threat to the vital interests of the United States.

The Gallup poll reveals that 99 percent of Americans are threatened by Iran’s development of nuclear weapons as 83 percent believe the Islamic state is a critical threat while 16 percent believe Iran is an important threat.

Breaking it down by party, 91 percent of Republicans perceive Iran as a critical threat, compared to 79 percent of Democrats.

Iran has been front-and-center during Chuck Hagel’s bid as secretary of defense as the former Nebraska senator has been accused of not being supportive enough of Israel and unreasonably sympathetic to the Tehran regime.

The poll, conducted from Feb. 7-10, reveals that outside of Iran, 97 percent of Americans are concerned with North Korea and 98 percent are worried about international terrorism.

“The high level of concern Americans give to North Korea, as well as to Iran and to international terrorism, suggest these are areas on which the public would like the Obama administration and its new foreign policy team to focus its efforts,” Gallup states.

The poll shows that Americans also perceive Islamic fundamentalism and China as threats to the U.S.

Gallup conducted the survey among 1,015 adults.

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