Majority of Independents Disapprove of Obama’s Handling of Iran

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• August 13, 2015 5:50 pm


Only one-third of U.S. adults approve of President Obama’s handling of Iran, and both Republicans and Independents are united in their disapproval of the president’s actions with the country as he tirelessly defends the nuclear deal reached last month.

Gallup poll released Thursday indicates that, on his handing of eight key issues including the economy, terrorism and foreign affairs, Obama is rated the worst when it comes his decisions regarding the situation in Iran.

Fifty-five percent of American adults disapprove of Obama’s handling of Iran. Large shares of Republicans and Independents are critical of Obama on the subject, as 82 percent and 58 percent, respectively, disapprove of his handling of Tehran now that the nuclear deal has been finalized.

Democrats are alone in their approval of Obama; only 29 percent express disapproval of the president regarding Iran, while 56 percent accept his decisions. Still, the share of Republicans and Independents viewing the president negatively when it comes to Iran are greater than that of Democrats who approve of him.

Obama, who is currently on vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, has been privately and publicly selling the deal.

While he planned no public events during his 17-day vacation, Obama pre-taped interviews with various news outlets in order to continue touting the Iran nuclear deal while away.

Congress has until mid-September to review the agreement and would have to pass a resolution to kill the deal, which would need two-thirds majority support in order to override a veto from Obama.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), the most influential Jewish member of Congress, made public his opposition to the deal last week. More than 10 House Democrats, most recently Rep. Alcee Hastings (D., Fla.), have also come out against the agreement.

A significant majority of Americans oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.

The Gallup analysis also demonstrates that majorities of U.S. adults disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy, terrorism, foreign affairs and immigration.

Published under: Barack Obama, Iran, Nuclear Weapons