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November 20, 2013 1:01 pm

Poll: Few Americans Think Easing Sanctions Would Halt Iran’s Nuclear Drive

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A majority of Americans support easing economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program, but fewer believe the deal would actually prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll revealed Tuesday.

While 64% of respondents in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll support a diplomatic agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, 60% remain skeptical that such a deal would result in the Islamic Republic halting its drive for a nuclear bomb.

Among those who have say they have no confidence a deal would halt Iran’s nuclear drive, the percentage (38 %) who support such a pact drops dramatically from those who do think such a deal would be effective (80 %).

Differences also run along partisan lines, with 72% of Democrats supporting a diplomatic pact, 63% of independents and 57 % of Republicans.

By political stance, 70% of both liberals and moderates are in support of a deal, as are 55 % of conservatives, and 45% of respondents who identify as “very” conservative.

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  • As a sovereign nation Iran has the right to pursue it’s nuclear ambitions (supposedly for non military and peaceful purposes). The problem with right Iran’s “rights” is that the vast majority of people don’t trust her protestations about not pursuing nuclear weapons so the world will just continue to behave like an ostrich until the big bang theory becomes a reality and then we won’t have to worry or have any more doubts…..simple, eh??

  • Abraham

    This was a poll conducted by ABC a news agency that is generally bias in exposing news. However,if another poll was conducted by Fox or other conservative sources the polling would be different.The majority of Americans do not support the easing of restrictions as was mentioned. Americans know that Iran has a track record of non-compliance.America should do everything in its power to dismantle Iran’s nuclear projects.The reality of all this is that Iran will point its long range missiles at the US the big Satan and will use it.

    • maria

      Yes, agree. ABC is the Soros paid channel, so their polls´are worthless.
      Iran is the worst threat to Israel, USA and the World.
      Iran must be stopped and the most stupid way is to ease the sanctions.

    • Poll/ Shmoll; Bias/mias….MIGHT is RIGHT!