Less Than a Quarter of Americans Approve of Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Barack Obama and John Kerry
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September 8, 2015

Less than a quarter of the American public approves of the nuclear agreement brokered between Iran and world powers, a share that has dropped significantly in less than two months.

According to data released by the Pew Research Center Tuesday, 21 percent of Americans approve of the nuclear deal, while 49 percent disapprove of the agreement and 30 percent hold no opinion of it.

The share of individuals expressing approval of the deal has declined by 12 percentage points since July when Pew first polled the public after President Obama announced the agreement, which was finalized in Vienna on July 14. Disapproval of the deal has effectively remained steady at nearly 50 percent.

The poll, conducted between Sept. 3 and 7, indicates that support for the deal has declined among Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike. While 50 percent of Democrats backed the deal in July, that figure has shrunken to 42 percent in under two months.

Similarly, the share of independents approving of the deal has declined from 31 percent to 20 percent since July.

Despite public opposition, President Obama garnered enough support Tuesday among Senate Democrats to avoid having to veto a resolution disapproving of the deal. Several Democratic senators, including Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (N.J.), have nevertheless come out against the agreement with Iran.

A mere 2 percent of Americans have great confidence that Iran’s leaders will abide by the stipulations in the deal.