Washington (CNN) - Nearly three out of four Americans say lawmakers should ratify a nuclear treaty with Russia that's stalled in the Senate, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 73 percent of the public says the U.S. should vote in favor of a recently signed treaty between President Barack Obama and Russia that would reduce the number of nuclear weapons in each country, with 23 percent saying the accord should not be ratified by the Senate.
See the full results after the jump:
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"There are some partisan differences, but majorities in all major demographic groups support the treaty," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Nearly six in ten Republicans think the Senate should ratify the treaty. Among Democrats, that figure rises to 87 percent."
The survey's release comes on the same day that a key Republican senator deflated the Obama administration's chances of passing the START treaty. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who is taking the lead for Republicans on negotiating with the administration on the treaty's ratification, said that the accord should not be considered before January, when the newly elected Congress is seated.
Kyl called for a delay in voting on the treaty due to "the combination of other work Congress must do and the complex and unresolved issues related to START and modernization."
Vice President Joe Biden responded in a statement by warning that "failure to pass the (new treaty) this year would endanger our national security."
The vice president said the administration will continue to seek Senate approval of the treaty before the end of the year.
The White House is offering to spend $4 billion more over five years for nuclear weapons modernization, in an effort to win over Kyl and other hold out Republicans who have questioned whether the Obama administration will provide enough money for modernization of the nuclear force remaining after the proposed START treaty cuts the number of deployed warheads to 1,550.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted November 11-14, with 1,014 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
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- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report