Americans Support Iran Deal But Doubt It Will Work

Americans Support Iran Deal But Doubt It Will Work
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More than half of Americans support the agreement the United States and several other nations reached with Iran to try to halt the country’s nuclear program, but they doubt it will work.

Fifty-six percent of Americans support the agreement, which would significantly cut back Iran’s nuclear program to prevent the country from building weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Most of those who support the deal, 31 percent, support it strongly, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News.

On the flip side, 37 percent of American don’t support the deal, with the vast majority of them saying they are strongly opposed.

While most Americans are behind the agreement, however, they aren’t optimistic it will actually work. Just 35 percent of Americans said they were confident the deal would prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon – and only 6 percent were “very confident.” Meanwhile, 64 percent said they were not confident the deal would halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, with 42 percent saying they had absolutely no confidence.

While the American people are generally supportive of the agreement, which was reached after two years of negotiations with Iranian leaders, President Obama doesn’t get the same kind of approval for his work with Iran broadly. More than half of Americans, 52 percent, disapprove of the way the commander in chief is handling Iran, while just 35 percent approve.

The partisan breakdown of support for the agreement comes as little surprise, with 69 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Independents backing the deal while a majority of Republicans don’t support it. Despite that, GOP approval for the agreement was surprisingly high, with 41 percent of Republicans supporting the agreement. It might be difficult to count on that support from Republicans remaining that high, however, with so many GOP presidential candidates railing against the agreement and Republican lawmakers vowing to kill the deal.  

The poll surveyed 1,002 adults from July 16-19 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

James Arkin is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JamesArkin.

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