Nearly three-quarters of Americans who support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear deal with Iran is known, oppose an attempt in the Senate to filibuster the vote on the agreement, according to a new poll by Olive Tree Strategies that was released today. Overall, 56% of all respondents oppose a filibuster, with only 23% supporting efforts to prevent a congressional vote. The poll was commissioned by The Israel Project, publisher of The Tower.
The poll also found that 58% of those surveyed disapprove of the way President Barack Obama handled the nuclear negotiations with Iran, while 49% disapprove of the JCPOA, 58% believe the deal is not tough enough, and 66% disapprove of the deal when informed of an Associated Press report that Iran would be involved in inspections at the military base and suspected nuclear site at Parchin.
The survey polled 2,300 registered votes nationwide and had a margin of error of ±2.0%. A memo released alongside the poll summed up the results:
American voters are opposed to the nuclear deal with Iran. This opposition has been steadily growing for three months as more and more is learned. While there was some mild approval for the initial framework agreement negotiated in Lausanne, the final deal has not lived up to those expectations for voters.
The findings of this poll are consistent with those of other recent surveys. A CNN poll in August found that 60% of Americans disapproved of Obama’s handling of the nuclear negotiations. A Monmouth University poll revealed that respondents believed, by a ratio of 41% to 14%, that Iran got the better end of the deal.
In July, shortly after the JCPOA was announced, The Israel Project released two polls – one focused on American Jews, the other concentrating on registered American voters – both of which showed that the more Americans learned about the JCPOA, the more they opposed it.
The memo summarizing the results of today’s poll is available here. The full data report is available here. Charts illustrating the individual questions are available here.
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