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Gallup Poll: Netanyahu May Have Shaped Americans’ ‘Sour National Mood’ on Iran Deal

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Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. Photo: Screenshot.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressing Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have held large sway over US adults’ largely negative perception of the nuclear deal the Obama administration signed with Iran last year, Gallup suggested in new findings about the low approval ratings the program achieved among Americans.

Gallup also said Republicans’ strong opposition to the deal — Republican leaders invited Netanyahu to speak about the threat posed by Iran in March, before the deal was signed in July — probably contributed to framing negative public opinion around it.

According to the poll, 57% of Americans disapprove of the nuclear deal, reached after years of negotiations with Iran, the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany — the so-called P5+1 countries.

Just nine percent of Republicans said they supported the agreement, compared to 51% of Democrats who did. Essentially, the agreement with Iran places certain restrictions and international supervision on Iran’s nuclear program, in exchange for the lifting of many of the international sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran continues to have an abysmal favorable rating among Americans — a mere 14% said they held a positive view of the Islamic Republic. Some three quarters of Americans believe Iranian nuclear weapons will pose a strategic threat to vital US interests in the next 10 years, according to Gallup.

The last favorability poll of Netanyahu himself, taken just after his congressional address last March, showed a 38% favorable rating and a 29% unfavorable one. Americans’ views of the Israeli prime minister dipped by nearly 10 percentage points after he spoke in Congress, compared to the month before.

Meanwhile, a poll last November found two thirds, or 68%, of Iranian adults supported the deal their government signed with world powers including the US, with nearly the same number believing it could help their personal economic situation.

Israel views an Iran that possesses a nuclear weapon as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Once announced, Netanyahu called the deal — hailed by the Obama administration as a victory for diplomacy over war — an “historic mistake.” Israeli leaders across party lines denounced the deal.

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  • kern

    Americans oppose the deal w/ Iran because it is one sided, and gives the Iranians a clear path to nuclear weapons as well as immense financial benefits which will enable them to support the overthrow of pro-Western Arab governments.

    If Netanyahu had a role in informing Americans of these truths, so be it.

    There are no words vile enough to describe the Jewish Democrats who were (and are) too cowardly to face up to Obama’s duplicity in giving in to every Iranian demand and accepting their insults and violations in return

  • howiej

    The U.S. didn’t sign the deal with Iran since Iran never signed it. The difference between the numbers of Republicans vs. Democrats opposing or agreeing with the deal is due to the fact that the Republicans based their opinions on reading the deal and the Democrats basing theirs on their support of Obama. The Iranians will continue on their path to nuclear weapons in secret in Iran and North Korea. Netanyahu in his speech provided information that Obama and a large part of the U.S. media sought to keep undercover.

  • John Glueck

    The American people need a revolution in their understanding. The US government has systematically abandoned moral and ethical principles of national integrity respected the world over. Today, complicit with the mass media, we support the greatest terrorist entity in the world, Iran, and, instead of bombing them or at least empowering Israel to to do so, we become a facilitator of their ambitions to conquer and destroy! Most Americans will never know the extent of any of this as they are kept in the dark by big Media, who never report in detail the criminal activity of the terrorist state of Iran, their religious motivations or the fact that they negotiate with infidels only to gain an advantage.

  • Peter Schierau

    Netanyahu was/is able to make the average American understand the danger as they are not as goal oriented as OBAMA is to lift the Muslim religion above all.

  • Theodore Crawford

    Bibi’s got a lot on his plate. He’s got a really difficult set of situations right in his own back yard, not to mention the treachery and hostility of Israel’s enemies abroad. He’s certainly not handling it all perfectly, and needs more than just our sympathy; he needs our prayers.

    May G_d deliver Israel out of all her troubles.

  • Jonah

    Netanyahus favorable ratings dipped. Did Gallup do its poll in Colorado where their all smoking weed? His favor ability rating did not dip, if anything it went up. This administration controls the minds of people with polls. Gallup knows if it depicts Netanyahus favor ability rating as going down their favor ability with the White House will go up. If you believe one thing that comes out of the mouths of this administration with Obama as president you are one brick shy of a full load. He has Israel in the crosshairs with Iran’s finger on the trigger.

  • I am from the Bible Belt where people do hold fast to their religion. Outside the Bible Belt, that is heathen lands to us. There are a number of Bible Believing Americans who know the Tenach and the prophecies locked in Psalm 83, Isiah 17, Jeremiah 39, Ezekiel 38 and 39 and Zachariah. We know the role of Persia (Iran) has many of these scriptures. We have a Godless Generation who is in leadership. They do not fear God nor love God. Some are attempting to make their god in their own image to allow deviant lifestyles and abortion to be permissible- they want Babylon. The Bible Believers are a relatively small number in the U.S. The others have their Babylon form of Christianity. Many support Israel because we believe in the Abrahamic Covenant. We welcomed Bibi because we hoped that the Babylon Christians would be shaken but that was to no avail. The Bible Believers see Iran as a common threat and we feel betrayed as Israel must feel betrayed by this foolish administration. Bibi reinforced our beliefs but did not change them.

  • jakob wasi

    Wishful thinking!

  • Esther Kaplan

    John Kerry’s snide behavior and Barack Obama’s intransigent refusal
    to take the discord in the Middle East seriously
    created the American sour mood on Iran.
    Esther Kaplan

  • brenrod

    LOL, every day Iran threatens and insults america and americans…..DUH??????? Of course americans view would be negative on Iran.

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Americans still remember the American embassy hostages taken by the Islamic Republic. No one trusts Iranian support for various terrorist groups. No one wants to hand over billions of $ in frozen assets. The Arab world does not trust Iran and neither does the West. Bibi is not the real issue in how we view Iran.

    • citizenstat

      Excellent points! We can see the facts and reach our own conclusions without Bibi’s guidance.