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    Over 40% of US Citizens Approve of 1945 Hiroshima, Nagasaki Bombings

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    43 percent of US residents approved he United States’ nuclear attack of Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, while 44 percent disapproved of the bombing, according to the poll.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Forty-three percent of US residents spoke in favor of the United States’ nuclear attack of Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, according to a recent poll published Friday.

    The CBS News poll also revealed that 44 percent of the surveyed disapproved of the bombing.

    The approval rating slightly dropped compared to 2005, when the Gallup survey had showed that the majority of US citizens had agreed with the move.

    The CBS survey was conducted on May 13-17 with the participation of 1014 people across the United States.

    The results come amid US President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, who is the first serving US president to come there. His trip was timed to a G7 summit of industrialized countries in Japan's Ise-Shima.

    In August 2015, Japan marked 70 years since a US B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing about 140,000 people. A second atomic bomb strike on the Japanese city of Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 people.

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