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December 12, 2013 9:37 am

Nearly 80 Percent of U.S. Public Wants More Sanctions on Iran

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

The Hill – Large majorities of voters from both parties want to increase the pressure on Iran, according to a new poll, complicating President Obama’s effort to get Congress to back off.

Almost 8 in 10 Americans — 77 percent — believe further economic sanctions and financial pressure are the best way to get Iran to abandon its alleged nuclear weapons program, according to a poll of 900 likely voters released Wednesday. The poll found that most voters, 77 percent of Democrats and 96 percent of Republicans, would rather vote for a senator who approves new sanctions.

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