SAN DIEGO, June 10 (UPI) -- Would you be in favor of launching a preemptive nuclear strike against Russia to ensure the United States maintains military superiority over the rest of the world?
That was the question posed in a petition recently by author and journalist Mark Dice as an experiment, to beach-goers in San Diego.
The results? Most signed it.
"Obama zombies support NUKING RUSSIA to keep America the world's top superpower!" journalist and author Mark Dice tweeted Monday.
Dice conducted the phony petition last week to get a sample of Americans' attitudes about current tensions between Russia and Western allies -- and to see how far they would go in supporting the present U.S. administration.
In asking for signatures, Dice made it clear to citizens that they would be advocating the destruction of at least part of Russia with nuclear war.
"Russia has been threatening the United States lately and trying to flex their international muscle," Dice said to one man, who responded by saying that would be a bad strategy by Moscow.
"Here's the thing, if they're launching the weapons at us, we're going to blow them to smithereens," he said. "I have been American all my life ... Let's hope [Obama] doesn't disappoint me."
Another man didn't even wait until Dice had finished his pitch before asking for a pen.
"This one's to support President Obama's new plan to deal with Russia and their violating the U.N.," Dice says, to which the man jumps in and says, "Alright, yeah I'll sign it."
"We appreciate your supporting a nuclear attack on Russia," Dice said to one woman, who replied, "Sure, no problem."
"We are living in a literal idiocracy," Dice later remarked on Twitter, in a comments thread.
Of all the people he approached to sign the petition, Dice said just one couple refused -- results the journalist said he finds "disturbing."
"My video of the 'Nuke Russia for Obama' petition has created quite an outrage around the world," Dice commented on his Facebook page Wednesday.
"Americans are either super trigger-happy or don't really listen to people who shove papers in their face when they're on their way to the beach," Russia's state-run news agency Sputnik International said in a report Wednesday.
Dice's experiment even seemed to cause some legitimate concern among Russian citizens.
"I'm in shock. Did these people stop for a minute to think about the consequences?" Russian citizen Nina Polskaya said on Vkontakte, a Russian social media site. "Do they think about anything except the status of their country? I'd like to believe that Russia wouldn't have a petition like this."
The experiment was conducted amid continuing rocky relations between the United States and Russia, which concerned much of the world last year by annexing the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. Since then, analysts have said, President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin has continued aggression and strong-arm tactics in what some believe to be a strategy aimed at returning to the communist Soviet glory years.
The United States and ally nations have imposed economic sanctions against Russia for what some say is a continued military presence in Ukraine -- and more sanctions are being considered. However, President Barack Obama has never advocated, planned for, or even mentioned the prospect of hitting Russia with a nuclear strike.
This particular survey isn't the first time Dice, who is viewed by some as a conspiracy theorist, has conducted a phony grass-roots movement to gauge the public's understanding of a given issue. He once asked San Diego residents to sign a petition titled, "I support illiteracy" to "spread illiteracy in America." Again, many people signed it.
In 2013, he asked residents to support a faux "plan" by Obama to revoke the Bill of Rights.
"I just want to assure the Russians that there are still many Americans who have not lost their minds to celebrity entertainment and who are working hard to prevent President Obama from further ruining our country and the world," Dice, author of Inside the Illuminati, wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday.