Americans Show Mixed Feelings on Iran Deal

July 17, 2015

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A poll conducted in the days leading up to the final Iran nuclear deal shows Americans have mixed feelings about it, the Associated Press reported. The AP-GfK survey revealed while most still view the Islamic Republic as the enemy, roughly half wish to see diplomatic relations established.

The poll was conducted Monday through Thursday last week, with 1,004 adults questioned online. Respondents were pre-selected at random by phone or mail survey. A slim majority of 51 percent favored diplomatic relations with Iran, while 45 percent disapproved.

56 percent of respondents considered Iran an outright enemy of the US, while another 31 percent saw it as an unfriendly state.

45 percent felt the current level of sanctions against the Islamic Republic should be maintained, while 32 percent wished to see those sanctions increased. 12 percent approved of reducing sanctions, while a mere 7 percent felt they should be cancelled altogether. The survey question did not link the reduction in sanctions to a possible nuclear deal.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans expressed discontent with the way the President has handled the country’s relationship with Iran. Asked ahead of the nuclear deal, six in ten respondents felt Barack Obama had mishandled the matter, with a clear split along party lines; most Republicans and seven in ten independents were disappointed in their president, while two-thirds of Democrats actually approved of Obama’s work.

Meanwhile, a Monmouth University telephone survey of 1,001 adults nationwide suggested Americans do not trust Iran. According to The International Business Times, 55 percent of those surveyed said that they did “not at all” trust Iran to abide by terms of an agreement which would dismantle its nuclear program and allow for independent inspections. Just 5 percent said they trust Iran “a lot,” and 35 percent said they trust Iran “a little”, despite a majority of Americans favoring the negotiation process.

“The pact with Iran faces an uncertain future in Congress. A major sticking point with the American public is a sense that Tehran really can’t be trusted to keep its part of the bargain,” said Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, which conducted the poll.

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