A plurality of Americans who are familiar with the nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), disapprove of the agreement, while 73% of Americans have little or no confidence that Iran’s leaders will abide by its terms, according to a poll released today by Pew Research Center. The poll also revealed that a majority of Americans have little or no confidence that the inspections regime will be able to catch Iran cheating.
More Americans disapprove than approve of the deal struck last week by the U.S., Iran and five other nations to limit Iran’s nuclear program: Among the 79% of Americans who have heard about the agreement, just 38% approve, while 48% disapprove (14% do not offer an opinion).
There is widespread skepticism about aspects of the agreement, particularly the Iranian leadership’s commitment to the terms of the deal: Most of those familiar with the agreement say they have not too much (35%) or no confidence at all (38%) that Iran’s leaders will uphold their side of the agreement. And while there is greater confidence in the U.S. and international agencies’ ability to monitor Iran’s compliance, 54% are not too (33%) or not at all (21%) confident, while a smaller share (45%) express at least a fair amount of confidence in their ability.
Additionally, only 25% of those polled believe that the JCPOA will lead to better relations between the United States and Iran. Since the deal was announced last week, top Iranian officials have been lashing out at the United States and saying that they will not abide by the terms of the agreement.
A poll earlier this year found that 77% of Americans see a nuclear Iran as being a threat to the United States. In April, a Quinnipac poll found that nearly two thirds of Americans favored a Congressional review of any nuclear deal agreed to with Iran.
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