More than 60% of Americans distrust Iran, and a plurality believes that the Islamic Republic got the better part of the nuclear deal with the West, a poll (.pdf) released today by Monmouth University showed.
Four-in-ten (41%) say Iran got more of what it wanted from this deal, while just 14% feel the U.S. came out on top. Only 23% say that both countries benefited equally. Another 5% volunteer that neither country got what they wanted and 17% are not sure who benefitted more from the agreement. Two-thirds of Republicans (67%) say Iran made out on the deal, while a plurality of Democrats (39%) say both countries benefitted equally.
The Monmouth University Poll also found that 6-in-10 (61%) Americans do not trust Iran at all to abide by the terms of this agreement. Just 6% have a lot of trust in Iran and 28% have a little trust. This high lack of trust is similar to where it stood in polls taken during the final stages of the negotiations last month (55%) and at the beginning of the year (59%).
This the latest poll that shows widespread skepticism towards the nuclear deal with Iran.
Earlier this month, a Quinnipiac University poll found that American voters opposed the deal by a ratio of two to one. A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center last month found that 73% of Americans don’t believe that Iran will abide by the terms of the deal. Polls conducted last month by The Israel Project showed that Americans became more opposed to the deal as they learned more about it. The Israel Project publishes The Tower.
In the past week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have boasted that Iran got everything it wanted out of the deal. Fars News reported Thursday that Rouhani boasted that all sanctions against Iran that had been imposed for its illicit nuclear program would be terminated, and that Iran had successfully managed to have itself removed from sanctions imposed by the United Nations. Similarly, in a panel discussion Sunday, Zarif said that the deal ensured that Iran’s nuclear program would be removed from the agenda of the United Nations Security Council and that its ballistic missile program would not be limited in any way.
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