WASHINGTON -- A poll sponsored by a liberal group found that a plurality of Americans supported the interim nuclear deal with Iran, 34% to 22%, and 41% had no opinion on the complex agreement.
The poll, conducted by Hart Research for the advocacy group Americans United for Change, found that after a sample group was read a description of the deal, 63% favored it and 24% were opposed. The remaining 13% were undecided.
The survey showed a majority wants Congress to refrain from imposing new economic sanctions on the Iranians over the next six months as six world powers and Iran try to work out a long-term deal to ensure that Tehran’s nuclear program is limited to nonmilitary purposes.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they would prefer to give the deal and further negotiations a chance, rather than having Congress pass new economic sanctions. Twenty-five percent disagreed.
The interim deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – as well as Germany offers Iran limited temporary relief from some economic sanctions in return for freezing some elements of its nuclear program, while the two sides try to reach a long-term deal.
The U.S. and its allies fear the nuclear program, despite denials by Iran, is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.
The Obama administration and its supporters are lobbying Congress not to adopt new sanctions while negotiations are underway, arguing that new punitive measures would undermine the talks.
But a bipartisan group of senior senators is preparing to try to pass a sanctions bill before the Senate adjourns for its holiday break.
The survey polled 800 voters between Nov. 26 and Sunday. No polling was conducting on Thanksgiving or the day after.