Washington (Talk Media News) —Americans are divided over the U.S.’ decision to use nuclear weapons against the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the final days of World War II, according to a CBS poll released Friday.
44 percent said they disapproved of the 1945 bombings while 43 percent said that they approved.
Opinion was divided among partisan lines.
Those who identified as Republicans said they supported the action by 60 percent while 26 percent were opposed. Among Democrats, 56 percent said they were disapproved while 32 percent said they approved.
The poll comes amid President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima early Friday, the first time a sitting U.S. president has gone to the site. Obama called for an end to nuclear weapons, but declined to apologize on behalf of the U.S.
The bombings were the first and last time nuclear weapons have been used in war and killed approximately 214,000 Japanese people.
Former President Harry S. Truman defended the decision as a necessary step to end the war and preserve American lives that would have been lost in a land invasion of Japan.
The poll was conducted among 1,014 respondents between May 13th and 17th. There is a 4 percent margin of error.