Older Americans are more likely to support the atomic bombing of Japan than younger Americans, according to a poll by Pew Research: 70 years after Hiroshima, opinions have shifted on use of atomic bomb
Not surprisingly, there is a large generation gap among Americans in attitudes toward the bombings of Hiroshima. Seven-in-ten Americans ages 65 and older say the use of atomic weapons was justified, but only 47% of 18- to 29-year-olds agree. There is a similar partisan divide: 74% of Republicans but only 52% of Democrats see the use of nuclear weapons at the end of World War II as warranted.
Is opinion on the atomic bombing affected by the age of the respondents, or the year in which they were born? In the former hypothesis, people who opposed the bombing when they were younger may support it when they get older, while under the latter, the proportion of individuals supporting it would remain the same.