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June 19, 2015 11:23 am

Ahead of Nuclear Deal Deadline, Poll Shows P5+1 Countries Harbor Very Negative Attitudes Toward Iran

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Screenshot.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Screenshot.

Not a single one of the world powers negotiating a deal to lift international sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program held  a favorable view of the Islamic Republic, quite the contrary, the results of a Pew Research Center poll released on Thursday showed the majority of people in these countries continued to view Iran in a negative light.

More than three quarters of U.S. respondents (76 percent) viewed Iran unfavorably, according to the poll, which was released about a week and a half shy of the deadline for the nuclear deal.

In France, Germany and the U.K., the European powers part of the so-called P5+1 group for nuclear talks, opinions were even more negative, at 81%, 71% and 62%, respectively.

Even in Russia and China, which many see as more keen to strike a nuclear deal, unfavorable views of Iran prevailed, at 44% compared to 34% favorable in Russia, and 61% perceiving Iran in an unfavorable light in China.

The unfavorable view among P5+1 countries reflected a global trend, in which Pakistan was the only nation polled where the majority of respondents (57%) held a favorable view of the country.

Globally, a median 58% of respondents showed an unfavorable view of the Islamic Republic, despite a push by ostensibly more moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani since his election two years ago to paint the country in a more positive light. Rouhani himself received low scores across the Middle East.

In Israel, a country Iran has called to “wipe off the map,” a full nine out of ten respondents said they viewed Iran unfavorably; only 5% viewed the Islamic Republic in a favorable light.

And while results were slightly more tempered elsewhere in the Middle East — save Jordan, where fully 89% viewed Iran negatively — the results were still skewed towards disfavor. In Turkey, for example. 64% saw Iran unfavorably, while in Lebanon the number was 58% and in the Palestinian territories, 57%.

Interestingly in Lebanon, opinions fell along religious lines, with nine out of ten Shia Muslims showing favorable attitudes towards Iran.

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  • Brian

    If a free poll were possible, I wonder how many Iranians favour Iran’s leadership.

  • Every one except to Obama realizes that Iran cannot be trusted and that it is not a country/regime to do any deal with.

  • when you poll how people in 5+1 think of Iran why do not you poll to see how people in Asia ,Africa ,Europe and North America think negative about the 5+1. These are group of countries which in the name of so call United Nations say which country can and which country can not have atomic technology and they do many other sham full thing. At the time when these countries and some other countries who are ok by them have atomic bomb, they come and stop a food ,medication and many life saving thing to countries which they said are unfriendly to result of their act and in the name of United Nations tell people of the world who can die and who can live.

  • Michael Mayben

    When is Obama going to admit that he’s a pro-Islamic Radical. He and his heavily weighted Muslim Administration and pictures if him removing his shoes to pray to his God Mohammad is enough for me to believe he’s a fox in America’s hen house. Over 75% of Americans think the Iran nuclear deal is bad for America. France, Germany, and the U.K., the European powers part of the P5+1, are between 62% to 81% against it and China views are at 61% against the deal. In the Middle East Israel is 90% against the deal, Jordan’s view of Iran is 89% negative followed by Turkey at 64%, Lebanon at 58%, and in the Palestinian Territories at 57% . Through out the Middle East the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani receives very low scores as the leader of the Islamic State. What’s it going to take to get Congress to listen to America’s Allies, the Middle East neighbors of Iran, and the other nations of the world. Iran is an untrustworthy enemy of all nations of the world. Iran will use nuclear weapons to threaten and intimidate every nation that doesn’t accept Islamic beliefs and is prepared to destroy the earth to achieve their goal of an Islamic world or die for their fictitious paradise.

  • nelson marans

    As the terms of the agreement become known with its whitewashing of the terrorist activities of Iran, coupled with a flawed examination of the progress of its nuclear program, sentiment among nations toward Iran should become even more unfavorable,coupled with questioning of the competence of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. The latter has completely surrendered to the demands of the ayatollah in an historic collapse of our foreign policy.

  • Alan

    The “trend” in the White House seems to be contrary to international sentiments.

  • it is clear
    let IRAN destroy its nuclear facilities and the word will change

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    We are lead by autocrats who don’t give a damn what we want.