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Poll: Americans Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal by 2-to-1 Margin

John Kerry
AP
• August 3, 2015 9:53 am

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Americans overwhelmingly oppose the Iran nuclear agreement made by the United States and other world powers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

By a 57-28 margin, voters reject the deal the White House has pushed on Congress the past few weeks. More problematic for the president is that 58 percent of Americans say they believe the deal would make the world less safe, compared to only 30 percent who say it will help.

"There's not a lot of love for the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Only a bare majority of Democrats support the pact," Quinnipiac’s Tim Mallor said.

Republicans reject the deal 86 percent-3 percent, as do independent voters 55 percent-29 percent. Democrats support the deal 52 percent-32 percent.

President Obama has enacted an administration-wide effort to promote the merits of the agreement with Tehran. NSA Director Susan Rice, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Vice President Joe Biden have briefed Democratic members of Congress and held press conferences about the pact with hopes of changing the cold reception it has received thus far. The president referred to support from his own party as "squishy."

Obama’s approval rating fell in August with 43 percent approving and 52 disapproving of the way he has handled his job. Americans said they trust Republicans in Congress more than the president to make decisions that are good for the country.