A new poll released on Wednesday found that a solid majority of Americans — by greater than a 2 to 1 margin — support the first step nuclear deal with Iran, a finding that lines up with most recent surveys taken on the issue.
The agreement was reached in Geneva last November between the United States, its international partners (the P5+1) and Iran and went into effect this week. It essentially freezes Iran’s nuclear program — a goal set out in previous U.N. Security Council resolutions — for at least six months, giving space for final deal to be negotiated. In exchange for modest sanctions relief, the Geneva deal caps Iran’s production of low enriched uranium, eliminates its 20 percent uranium stockpile, halts construction at its heavy water reactor at Arak and increases the scope and frequency of inspections.
According to the new poll, conducted by YouGov and the Economist, 58 percent of Americans said they support the deal and just 25 percent opposed. That result is consistent with the majority of polling on the first-step Iran nuclear deal. Most recently, an AP/GfK poll found that 59 percent supported the agreement and 38 percent opposed.
The YouGov/Economist poll also found that only 39 percent would support military action against Iran should talks over its nuclear program fail. Forty-five percent said they would disapprove of military force.
Meanwhile, a Senate bill that seeks to slap new sanctions on Iran — a move that experts and the White House say will kill any prospects of a final deal — is appearing to lose steam as, one-by-one, Democrats are coming out in opposition. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) were the latest to voice opposition. “While I still remain concerned about Iran’s nuclear program, I believe this agreement could be an important step in our efforts to reach a diplomatic solution to this complicated issue,” Murray said in a letter to constituents. “I believe the Administration should be given time to negotiate a strong verifiable comprehensive agreement.”