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March 10, 2015 1:44 pm

Poll: 71 Percent of Americans Think Iran Talks Won’t Prevent Nuclear Weapons

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Israelis are concerned with the Iranian nuclear threat. Photo: Algemeiner.

A new poll reveals that the vast majority of Americans doubt that President Obama’s negotiations will thwart Iran’s nuclear program.

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll, 71 percent think that negotiations with Tehran will not prevent the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons. A small minority (24 percent) think that White House diplomacy will prevent Iran from developing such weapons, while 5 percent were not sure.

WSJ/NBC conducted the poll in the days leading up to, and after Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional speech last week, in which the Israeli Prime Minister warned US lawmakers about the folly of negotiating a bad deal with Iran. The WSJ/NBC poll did not reveal whether this speech moved the opinions of those polled.

Still, the poll suggests that Americans are more skeptical of a deal with Iran than they were of North Korea. A similar WSJ/NBC poll conducted in 2007 showed that 62 percent thought that normalizing relations with North Korea would prevent that nation from developing nuclear weapons.

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