A new Pew poll shows that most Americans do not trust Iran to hold up its end of the bargain in the final nuclear deal reached last week, while almost half oppose its conditions. The results of the poll were released Tuesday, and unsurprisingly, they also revealed a significant partisan divide on the subject.
The survey, conducted between July 14-20 among 2,002 adults, with a 3 percent margin of error, showed that most Americans had some knowledge of the details of the nuclear agreement. While only 35 percent said they knew a lot about it, 79 percent said they had heard at least a little about it.
Among those knowledgeable on the matter, many had little (35 percent) or no (38 percent) confidence that Iran would uphold its end of the bargain. The agreement, reached a week ago, calls for the reduction or elimination of crippling sanctions in return for scaling back Iran’s nuclear program and allowing inspections of nuclear sites.
54 percent of respondents said they had little (33 percent) to no confidence (21 percent) that the US and international agencies could monitor Iran’s compliance with the accord.
Of those who had heard of the agreement, 48 percent disapproved of it while 38 percent said they approved; 14 percent did not offer an opinion.
Americans were also divided on the impact the deal would have on US-Iranian relations. 42 percent thought it would not change much between the two nations, while 25 percent thought it would improve relations and 28 percent thought it would make things worse. However, 58 percent still think diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace.
There was a significant divide between Democrats and Republicans on a number of questions in the survey. Three-quarters of Republicans disapproved of the agreement, while 59 of Democrats support it. 69 percent of Democrats were confident that Iranian compliance could be successfully monitored, while only 22 percent of Republicans felt that way.
The nuclear agreement reached last week between the P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic is meant to curb Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. Congress may still overturn the deal, which Israeli leaders have widely condemned.