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Poll: Over 80% of Americans Oppose Giving Iran Sanctions Relief Without Congressional Approval

A poll released this week found that 82% of Americans oppose the administration granting Iran $100 billion in sanctions relief “without the approval of Congress,” The Hill reported yesterday.

The poll, released by Secure America Now, found that 82 percent of Americans — including large majorities in both parties — oppose the White House granting billions of dollars in sanctions relief “without the approval of Congress.”

The survey also showed that, when informed about “secret side deals between Iran and the U.N. monitoring agency,” 61 percent of people thought that Congress should vote to kill the deal. Just 16 percent said it should be approved, despite the existence of the side deals. …

“It’s not easy to find voters who are comfortable with the secret side deals allowing Iran to self-inspect their own nuclear activities,” Patrick Caddell, a Democratic pollster who helped conduct the survey, said in a statement.

In a recently published analysis, Olli Heinonen, former deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), wrote that the reported side agreement between Iran and the IAEA concerning inspections at the Parchin military facility and suspected nuclear site “[departs] significantly from well-established and proven safeguards practices.”

The full results of the poll are available here.

The poll was released at a time when the administration is seeking to recruit enough Democrats to filibuster the vote over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear deal with Iran is known. The Corker-Cardin bill, another name for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support and gives legislators an opportunity to vote on the agreement.

The results of this poll are consistent with other recent surveys revealing strong public opposition to the deal. Last week, a nationwide poll found that 56% of Americans want their legislators to oppose the JCPOA, while a poll of three critical swing states determined that voters opposed the agreement by a margin greater than 2-1.

An April poll showed that two thirds of Americans support congressional review of the nuclear deal with Iran.

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