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We've seen in earlier polling that the public has no problem with Barack Obama's idea of high-level meetings with the leaders of "bad guy" nations. Now comes along this set of polling from Public Agenda (via David Shorr) that likewise shows specific support for a liberal approach to Iran -- diplomacy aimed at improving relations between Washington and Teheran is by far the most popular option, and it's popularity has only grown.

Lurking elsewhere in the polling, a strong 65 percent correctly say that it's not realistic to expect the government to be able to deliver cheap oil. At the same time, this poll and every other poll I've seen shows that people view the high cost of energy as a major problem in their lives. It's almost as if the public might be drawn to a serious proposal to develop alternatives to massive oil consumption.

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