Gallup: Most Americans Still Back Atomic Bombings, But Gender Gap Appears

By: E&P Staff

A new Gallup poll released today found that Americans, by a wide margin, still support the use of the first atomic bomb against Japan in 1945, although a gender gap and an age gap have appeared.

Released as the world marks the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the poll found that 57% approve the bombing, and 38% disapprove, a margin just slightly smaller than a similar poll in 1995. Eighty percent overall say the bombing saved American lives.

There’s a huge gender gap, however, with 73% of males but only 42% of females backing the action. And among those under the age of 50, the approval rating falls to 53% compared to 63% for those over 50.

Republican are more likely to back the bombing than Democrats, but both groups show the strong gender gap. GOP males show 87% approval and females 60%. Democratic men back it with 63% but women only 37%.

The Hiroshima bombing killed an estimated 140,000, the vast majority women and children. Three days later, an A-bomb killed another 80,000 in Nagasaki, almost none of them Japanese military.

A recent AP-Ipsos poll turned up different results, suggesting a nearly 50/50 split among who expressed support or disapproval of the atomic bombings.

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