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July 21, 2015 4:03 pm

Poll: Most Americans Not Confident Deal Will Prevent Iran From Obtaining Nuclear Weapon

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President Obama defends the nuclear deal with Iran. Photo: Screenshot.

President Obama defends the nuclear deal with Iran. Photo: Screenshot.

A new Washington Post-ABC poll released on Monday revealed that a majority of Americans are not confident that the nuclear deal with Iran announced last week will stop the country from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Over 60% of Americans polled said that they “do not support” or “do not support at all” the notion that the deal will stop Iran from obtaining an atomic bomb. Only 6% said that they are “very confident” that the deal will stop Iran and twenty-nine percent said they are somewhat confident.

By contrast, 42% said they were “not at all” confident of the deal’s success, and an additional 22% said they were “not confident.”

But while most Americans did not believe the deal would be effective, the majority still supported the deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

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According to the poll, 56% of Americans support the deal, which lifts economic sanctions on condition that Tehran does not pursue atomic weapons. Only 37%, by contrast, oppose the deal.

Israel’s NRG noted that these numbers mark a slight decline in support for a deal from March, when 59% of Americans expressed their support for a negotiated deal with Tehran, and only 31% opposed.

Another poll however, published on Tuesday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, found that Americans disapprove of the deal, 48% to 38%. Commenting on the disparity between the studies, the Los Angeles Times said, “Question wording seems likely to be a big part of the answer.”

The Pew survey asked people, “How much, if anything, have you heard about a recent agreement on Iran’s nuclear program between Iran, the United States and other nations?” and then asked, “From what you know, do you approve or disapprove” of the agreement?

According to the report, the Post/ABC poll asked a longer question that gave more of a description of the agreement:

“As you may know, 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. 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?”

In addition to the approval numbers on the deal itself, the Washington Post-ABC poll also found that the majority of Americans rate President Barack Obama’s handling of Iran negatively, with 52% expressing disapproval of his methods, and only 35% approving.

The poll also revealed that 8 out of 10 Republicans rated Obama negatively, and 56% of Independents also disapproved. By contrast, 59% of Democrats voiced their approval of the president’s Iran policy.

A full third of those who supported the deal nevertheless disapproved of Obama’s performance on the matter.

 

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  • the deal won’t stop IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON IS NO T ANY SURPRISE OR A MATTER TO BE THOUGHT OR COMMENT AND AS FAR AS MR PRESIDENT IS CONCERNED HE’S A FIRST CITIZEN OF UNITED STATES SO HE IS NOBODY TO DISALLOW IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR BOMB AND HAD BEEN SOME OTHER PRESIDENT BE PRESENT AT HIS PLACE THE CONCLUDING LINE OF THE DEAL WOULD HAD BEEN AN EQUIVALENT AS THE WORLD IS ONE IS THE THOUGHT OF INFERIOR AND TO AVOID THAT HAUNTING SENSE OF INSECURITY THE INFERIOR KEEPS AN ARM LOADED AS GUARD AS ONE CAN IF BANG 67 TIMES THEN AT LEAST INFERIOR SHOULD ONE TIME AND THE WORLD IS ONE IS THE THOUGHT THAT SOOTHES THE INFERIOR IRAN WHICH MEANS STOPPED FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR BOMB SO BE IT AND ALREADY ALREADY…. COMMENT COMPLETED.
    SO NOT A STUFF TO BE SO MUCH THOUGHT,OVER AND OUT.
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  • Audrey Clement

    The fact that the majority of Americans in one poll support the Iran deal despite their misgivings about Iran’s intentions, is the effect of wishful thinking.

    A year ago I too supported the deal–before reading Dore Gold’s devastating critique of American efforts to seek detente with Iran–“The Rise of Nuclear Iran.”

    The knowledge that all prior U.S. administrations including Reagan embraced detente with Iran, doesn’t make me feel any better knowing that I have lots of company in self delusion. It makes me feel even more insecure.

  • Brainwreck: The Truth: To many Americans and Jewish Reform Movement and others are funding The New Israel Fund and Jstreet to help destroy Israel. Both of them work in BDS movement run by the Muslim Brotherhood and have contact with Hamas. This is a violation of the Patriot Act and American Nonprofit laws. This has been reported to the IRS and Israeli Security and now to the FBI.

  • zadimel

    After voting for the Democratic Party since the 1960 presidential elections with the exception of the Gipper’s first term, I am seriously considering voting for the only independent, BERNIE, from Vermont. He is the only contender who makes sense.

  • Ever since Obama took office there has been just one blunder after another and it is incomprehensible how he let things in the world fall apart as they did/are on his watch. From pulling out of Iraq without making sure that all is stable, to letting the Syrian war go on as long as it has been with chemical weapons, to Libya, Yemen, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, allowing the mass killings of so called non belivers and now giving Iran card-blanch to grow their quest of a Muslim Dominated region and then world by signing this unforgivable “BAD DEAL”. It is high time for his early retirement before he can make any more blunders.

  • Jim42

    How many Jews are amongst these 59% of Democrats favourable the the Iran Deal?????????

  • judorebbe

    Fundamental transformation …

  • Joseph Feld

    Assuming it is true, how many of those questioned were told that Iran must have 24 days advance notice for inspectors to enter Iran’s nuclear facilities?

  • Reform School

    Palestinian pollsters in Gaza and the West Bank have often been found the next day in Jenin, hanging from lightpoles.

  • Reform School

    The Senate of the United States has until early September to decide if the United States will surrender to nuclear blackmail. 52 years ago, Democrat President John Fitzgerald Kennedy decided it would not, perhaps paying for it with his life. Because Democrat President Barack Hussein Obama lacks such character, he has made 2015 the United States of America’s “September Song.” https://youtu.be/qst5PHuVkfA
    If the Congress has character, it will respond to Obama’s battle cry of “VETO” with its own battle cry of “IMPEACH, CONVICT AND REMOVE.”
    For citizens ignorant of history, the all-but-certain removal of Republican President Richard Milhous Nixon was instigated by Republicans, not Democrats.

  • ESLombard

    I conducted George Gallup and Department of Commerce interviews for several years, and took degrees in instructional design. I won’t bore you with a critique on the many variables involved. Too often data like this are planted to influence the campaign managers.

  • What matters is the numbers in Senate & Congress.

  • art

    Even a cursory reading shows that the iranians got an empty deal and there are no restraints on them. To make matters worse Obama/Kerry just plain lied to usand continue to lie. The deal is useless for slowing the iranians. Plus the iranians have a deal with Amherst University whereby they will train Iranian nuclear scientists

    • MO

      They have the same deal with UMASS.

  • steven L

    No matter what the US says publicly or privately, the surrendering of the US/West is a major historical and worldwide victory for Khamenei, Islamists and Islam.
    And we know from the mouth of the Iranian President that the Iranians, as I write this opinion, are cheating and will continue to cheat.
    They know that for the next 16 months they have nothing to fear from the West self-castration. To the contrary. It is IL, the ONLY democracy in the ME, who needs to be concerned about the protection conferred to Iran by the West and Putin. A democracy has been told to desist from dealing herself with her most impitoyable and fanatical enemy.
    History shows that you can NEVER trust others to be responsible for your OWN protection.

  • nelson marans

    It is obvious that President Obama made a unilateral decision to allow Iran to eventually obtain a nuclear bomb over the objections of the American people. His arrogance in bypassing the Congress has been the hallmark of his administration, now to the detriment not only of our allies but also eventually the security of the U. S.

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