Poll: Majority of Americans Support Iran Deal Despite Skepticism

The survey had good news and bad for President Obama.

President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran deal is reached.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool

When it comes to the Obama administration's deal with Iran that attempts to keep Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Americans seem to be taking a pragmatic view. 

Fifty-six percent of U.S. adults surveyed in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll say they support the Iran nuclear deal while 37 percent say they oppose it. Seven percent said that they had no opinion of the deal. In part, those findings may have something to do with the way the poll's question was phrased. 

"The U.S. and other countries have announced a deal to lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for Iran agreeing not to produce nuclear weapons," the poll asked. "International inspectors would monitor Iran’s facilities, and if Iran is caught breaking the agreement economic sanctions would be imposed again. Do you support or oppose this agreement?"

Yet, when asked,"How confident are you that this agreement will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons?" a whopping 42 percent surveyed responded, "Not at all." Another 22 percent answered "not so" confident, 29 percent said they were "somewhat"confident,  and just 6 percent said they were "very" confident that the deal will keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. 

A partisan breakdown of the majority of Americans who say they support the deal finds that 69 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of Independents, and 41 percent of Republicans are, for the moment, on board with the framework. Still, on the campaign trail, every single GOP candidate to have declared has come out against the deal the president's administration has spent years negotiating. With the exception of Jim Webb, the Democratic candidates have thrown their support behind the nuclear deal. 

The poll, which used a random sample of 1,002 U.S. adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, also found that a majority of those surveyed, 52 percent, disapproves of Obama's overall handling of Iran, while just 35 percent approves. 

 

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