Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Poll: Majority of Americans Support Iran Deal

A new poll reflects that a majority of Americans support the Obama administration's deal with Iran to prevent Iran from securing nuclear weapons despite some mistrust and concern.  Meanwhile, the Republicans - as increasingly is the norm - are pandering to their shrinking party base and playing to anti-Muslim hatred and ignoring the lunacy of going to war with Iran.  One would think that almost always advocating policies not supported by the majority of the population would be a message to the GOP.  Unfortunately, between existing in a bubble and drinking far too much mind altering Kool-Aid, that message is not even received.  Here are highlights from Bloomberg on the new poll findings:

When it comes to the Obama administration's deal with Iran that attempts to keep Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Americans seem to be taking a pragmatic view. 
Fifty-six percent of U.S. adults surveyed in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll say they support the Iran nuclear deal while 37 percent say they oppose it. Seven percent said that they had no opinion of the deal. In part, those findings may have something to do with the way the poll's question was phrased. 
"The U.S. and other countries have announced a deal to lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for Iran agreeing not to produce nuclear weapons," the poll asked. "International inspectors would monitor Iran’s facilities, and if Iran is caught breaking the agreement economic sanctions would be imposed again. Do you support or oppose this agreement?"
Yet, when asked,"How confident are you that this agreement will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons?" a whopping 42 percent surveyed responded, "Not at all." Another 22 percent answered "not so" confident, 29 percent said they were "somewhat"confident,  and just 6 percent said they were "very" confident that the deal will keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

A partisan breakdown of the majority of Americans who say they support the deal finds that 69 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of Independents, and 41 percent of Republicans are, for the moment, on board with the framework. Still, on the campaign trail, every single GOP candidate to have declared has come out against the deal the president's administration has spent years negotiating.
Could part of the GOP's opposition also be from the fact that a black man oversaw brokering the deal? 

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