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August 24, 2015 2:20 pm

Voters in Three Key Swing States Reject Nuclear Deal by 2-1 Margin

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The Ohio Statehouse, which will be the first statehouse with a Holocaust memorial on its grounds. Photo: Alexander Smith.

The Ohio Statehouse. Photo: Alexander Smith.

Voters in the three key swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio opposed the Obama administration’s landmark nuclear accord with Iran by a 2-1 margin, a Quinnipiac University poll revealed on Monday.

A similar percentage of voters also agreed that the nuclear deal would make the world a less safe place, though the goal of negotiators from the U.S. and five other world powers was to implement a plan to curtail Iran’s ability to pursue nuclear weapons.

Florida voters opposed the pact by 61-25, Pennsylvania voters opposed it by 61-26 and Ohio voters by 58-24. As for whether the Obama administration’s key foreign policy initiative would make the world a safer place, Florida voters said “no” by 61-27, Pennsylvania voters by 60-27 and Ohio voters by 56-26 — suggesting that most voters do not believe President Barack Obama’s assertion that the only two options are the nuclear deal as it is now or war with Iran.

The Hill reported that at least one lawmaker from these three states, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. is among the 13 Democrats still undecided on the nuclear deal. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Sunday became the latest Democratic senator to throw his weight behind the deal.

The Quinnipiac numbers also echoed other recent polls, such as one by nonprofit foreign policy group Secure America Now, which showed that 62 percent of Americans did not feel the nuclear deal made the world a safer place. A CNN/ORC International poll released last week showed that 56% of Americans wanted their representatives to reject the deal, and a full 60% said they disapproved of Obama’s handling of the Iran situation.

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