CNN Poll: More than half back Iranian nuclear deal
November 21st, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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CNN Poll: More than half back Iranian nuclear deal

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans support an interim deal with Iran that would ease some economic sanctions on that country in exchange for concessions on Iran's nuclear program, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday indicates that 56% of the public would favor an international agreement that would impose major restrictions on Iran's nuclear program but not end it completely, with 39% opposed to such an agreement.

"Predictably, there is a partisan divide on that issue, with two-thirds of Democrats favoring a deal along those lines but only 45% of Republicans agreeing with that view," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

Three days of intense negotiations earlier this month in Switzerland between Iran and the U.S., Russia, China, Great Britain, France, and Germany concluded without an agreement which would roll back some punitive measures against Iran in exchange for measures assuring that the Middle Eastern country isn't developing a nuclear weapon. Talks resumed Wednesday.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that all sides are closer than they've been in a long time on a nuclear deal. But he stressed it hasn't been reached yet.

The proposal has met significant resistance. Israeli leaders and some in Congress have voiced opposition, saying leaders in Tehran cannot be trusted. On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of six senators urged the administration to reject the proposed deal with Iran and accept only an agreement that better dismantles Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons.
The poll was conducted Nov. 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    The only way this is significant is if its reflected in multiple surveys. If it is, then its safe to assume a majority does want to move forward.

    November 21, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Yeah, okay. Trust, but verify.

    November 21, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Wheels

    nobody asked me? what the fk are these polls

    November 21, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. nilla

    Also predictably, conservatives will call this poll "skewed" or "inconclusive".

    November 21, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Jeffrey B

    56%? Are these the same lemmings that supported Clinton when he basically set us up to finance and built North Korea's nuclear capability? No agreement, more sanctions is the answer.

    November 21, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. PreviousPost

    Peace in our time!!!

    November 21, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Gloria Stalarow

    It does not mater any more what the world thinks about what should be done about Iran because Israel is going to do whatever it takes to protect its people and their right to be a Jewish State.Sad thing about this is Washington is causing more damage to the security of our country and the world.The Middle East is a powder keg just waiting to explode.

    November 21, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Gilly

    The poll does not matter.

    Bomb the world's biggest supporter of terrorism and the world's bank for terrorists, Iran's nuclear facilities. Continually bomb any Iranian nuclear facilities.

    End Nuclear Proliferation!

    Then lift the sanctions.

    November 21, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. James Hanrahan

    This is nothing more than expedience, the world will soon regret this, "Foolish Action!" Here's a Political Party that can't get anything accomplished, yet they are being trusted to trust the most, untrustworthy nation on the planet to keep it's word! It's the, "Chamberlain Syndrome."

    November 21, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. 2Km N of GZero

    The Republicans would rather invade than agree.

    November 21, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. M Weaver

    And the majority of Americans support smoking pot? Same demographic??

    November 21, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. BESMART123

    First we are dropping bombs now we are kissing thier buts.

    November 21, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. christian defimation league

    We think Iran should be able to have nuclear energy , weapons and resources . Why not , other countries do and israel has about a hundred and they are the only country (fake) that's really complaining. When's the last time they attacked anyone ? When is the last time those land grabbing lieing thieves , killers & sneaky fakers israel attacked anyone ? – probably this morning before thier breakfast supplied from americas $3billion non repayable yearly gift !!

    November 21, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Dan Morris

    I am FIRMLY AGAINST easing of sanctions until we see centrifuge demolition. Period. The Iranians invented the game of chess. They a feigning with a rook, leading us into checkmate!!

    November 21, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. NameConcerned American

    I don't know where you get your survey data, but we are fools to lift sanctions. Doesn't anyone stateside get what is really going on?

    November 21, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I like this diplomacy rather than military intervention. However, I'd prefer that we get more out of the deal though. Our sanctions are crippling Iran and as far as that continues to be the case, I tend to agree with the bipartisan group of senators who want an agreement that better dismantles Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons. The pressure should be on them, not us.

    November 21, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Strand

    It comes down to respect. Iran just wants respect, just like North Korea. When they feel disrespected they act out like little toddlers. But can you blame them? Iran looks at the billions we give Pakistan to temper their temper tantrums and to let us conduct military operations. We give millions in food aid to North Korea only to have them threatening war a year later when they run out again. All these countries see that a Nuclear Weapon equals money from the US.

    November 21, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. David B.

    It comes down to respect. Iran just wants respect, just like North Korea. When they feel disrespected they act out like little toddlers. But can you blame them? Iran looks at the billions we give Pakistan to temper their temper tantrums and to let us conduct military operations. We give millions in food aid to North Korea only to have them threatening war a year later when they run out again. All these countries see that a Nuclear Weapon equals money from the US.

    November 21, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. JohnyO

    Specifics??? The poll question is meaningless without them.

    November 21, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Mike PA

    It is something that is morally correct to do. Plus, Iranians like American goods – let them sell their oil and use the money to buy iPhones, etc. Both Iran and Israel should be subject to the same inspections and same restrictions.

    November 21, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. phneutral

    Exactly what good is the opinion of the general public? What special knowledge does the American public have that will give any sort of educated opinion? Waste of time.

    November 21, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. MickeyOregon

    I wish that we had some decent people in the administration who are capable and reliable in handling such a sensitive situation, AND who will do what is best for America and our allies. But we don't. And that it even matters what a CNN poll states is problematic.

    November 21, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. MykeTheVet

    A majority of AMericans do NOT back this deal because a majority of AMericans were NOT surveyed.

    CNN, and Fox too, do this crap all the time.

    "A majority of AMericans (that we surveyed) support our view."

    Misleading on all fronts.

    November 21, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "45% of Republicans agreeing with [the plan],"

    That's a surprisingly large percentage compared to what I would have expected.

    "some in Congress have voiced opposition, saying leaders in Tehran cannot be trusted. "

    Are these the same leaders in the United State that cannot be trusted?

    November 21, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. muti

    these surveys are meaningless most American's have no idea what's going on a majority of Americans don't even know who is the vice president or the senate majority leader.

    November 21, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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