A new poll released on Monday found that a large majority of American voters said that Congress should not take any action on Iran that might jeopardize a final agreement with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. And when described the contours of the deal reached last month between the P5+1 and Iran over its nuclear program, 63 percent support it.
A bipartisan group of senators is pushing Congress to pass additional sanctions on Tehran despite the fact that such a move would most likely violate the terms of the deal reached in Geneva last month between Iran, the U.S. and its international partners.
The deal states that the P5+1 — the U.S., U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany — are committed “[n]ot impose new nuclear-related sanctions for six months, if Iran abides by its commitments under this deal, to the extent permissible within their political systems.”
However, 68 percent of respondents in the poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates for Americans United for Change, said that Congress “should closely monitor how the agreement is being implemented, but it should NOT take any action that would block the agreement or jeopardize the negotiations for a permanent settlement.” Just 22 percent said Congress “should act now to pass additional economic sanctions on Iran, even if doing so would break the agreement with Iran or might jeopardize the negotiations for a permanent settlement.”
The poll also found that 64 percent of respondents held a very or somewhat unfavorable view of Members of Congress “who want new sanctions now if it undermines the agreement.”
Of those who have heard enough about the agreement to have an opinion, 34 percent said they support the Geneva deal while just 22 percent opposed. But when the details of the agreement were described, 63 percent support it and 24 percent oppose.
By large margins, the poll also found that voters are generally favorable to Members of Congress who support negotiations with Iran and want to give the agreement a chance to work versus those lawmakers who oppose talks and support military action.
“The findings of this research are very clear,” said Hart Research President Geoffrey Garin in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. “Americans support the interim agreement with Iran,” he said, adding that support for the deal “is quite broad and spans across the electorate.”
“[There's] an obvious and clear desire of the public to avoid America’s engagement in another Middle Eastern war,” Garin said.