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Tracking Public Opinion on Iran

by Shmuel Rosner

December 8, 2013 | 5:58 pm

(Updated: 04/17/2015)

This page follows the recent public opinion polls on the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Recent updates (March/April)

* According to Hart Research poll, "overall, 61% [of Americans] say they favor the agreement (28% strongly favor, 33% somewhat favor), while 34% say they oppose the agreement."

* According to a Washington Post-ABC poll, 59% of Americans support an agreement with Iran "in which the United States and other countries would lift major economic sanctions against Iran, in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program in a way that makes it harder for it to produce nuclear weapons." 31% of respondents would not support such an agreement. The survey also states that a clear majority (59%) is "not confident" that such an agreement would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

* According to a  Fox News Poll, "overall, by a 47-44 percent margin, voters favor an agreement that would involve the U.S. easing economic sanctions on Iran for 10 years and in return Iran agreeing to stop its nuclear program during that time."

* According to a Pew poll, more Americans approve (49%) than disapprove (40%) of the United States negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program. That being said, 62% want congress to have final authority over the deal.

* A CBS News Poll asked Americans the following question: "Which of these comes closest to your opinion? Iran's nuclear program is a threat to the United States that requires military action now. Iran's nuclear program is a threat that can be contained for now. Iran's nuclear program is not a threat to the United States at this time." 29% answered with 'requires military action', 45% answered with 'can be contained', and 18% said it is not a threat. In the same poll, only 38% of respondents approved President Obama's handling of Iran.

* According to a HuffPost/YouGov poll, "general opinions of the emerging deal itself continue to lean positive, with many undecideds. 36% say they support the agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program based on what they have heard, while 17% oppose it. The remaining 47% are either undecided or don’t feel like they know enough about it to have an opinion."

Support for the agreement

Here is a table summarizing the recent polls from the past month and a half that directly asked Americans if they support the deal on the table with Iran:

Poll

Date

For the deal

Against the deal

Undecided

Hart Research Poll

April 6-8

61%

34%

5%

Fox News Poll

March 29-31

47%

44%

9%

Washington Post/ABC Poll

March 26-29

59%

31%

10%

YouGov

March 10-11

34%

17%

49%

 

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