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. Schlomo

    This isn't good enough. We need the complete dismantling of all nuclear infrastructure and the removal of any and all University physics and chemistry programs. All Iranians with physics degrees should also be either killed or jailed in an Israeli prison. – We must do this to protect Israel. Israel is at danger here. The Germans nearly killed all of us and now the Iranians want to create another holocaust. Iran also does not need a military. Why do they have an air force and a navy. They need to dismantle it all otherwise Israel will no choice but to strike Iran with multiple nuclear missiles. We have the right to defend ourselves. We were victims of holocaust and racism. Iran is a dangerous country. They don' need a military or nuclear program. USA should go to war for Israel. We are USA ally.

    November 21, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. tms5510

    Basically, American has 3 choices:
    1- A deal that preserves Iran's right (enrichment etc) but make it difficult for Iran to build a bomb (via transparency etc).
    2- Continuing sanctions and perhaps adding new ones and aerial attacks this option also means Iran will leave the NPT and most likely US will face a nuclear Iran with all strategical implications.
    3- an all out war, which in theory can end Iranian regime and nuclear program but you should remember that Iran is 5 times bigger than Iraq and 3 times more populous. It is a mountainous country like Afghanistan (unlike Iraq) and has a strong army and a huge militia force (more than 2 million specially trained for gorilla war) and based on US achievements in Iraq and Afghanistan this third option looks like a suicide mission for US economy.

    November 21, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Get over it

    If you like your nuclear program, you can keep your nuclear program. Period.
    The devil really is in the details. Simple polls such as this reflect hope more than judgement of the substance of any talks or agreements.

    November 21, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. sly

    Iran is one of the most important nations on earth, and it is critical that we negotiate to ease tensions and gain their trust.

    The Reagan-Bush War days are over – we cannot continue to bomb and murder the Iranians as we have for the past 20-30 years.

    We have 9/11 to show for shooting down their commercial jetliner and murdering all 300 civilians on board. Direct retribution.

    November 21, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    But what if this is bad for Israel or Saudi Arabia ?

    November 21, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. A social scientist

    I don't really understand why we care about public opinion when it comes to something this serious? I'm going to bet that most of the people surveyed didn't have enough information to come to any real conclusions. Not every problem should be solved based on the majority opinion of an uninformed public. Let our democratically elected leaders decide what is in the best interest of the country and the security of our allies. I'm tired of hearing about these ridiculous polls. I don't trust any leaders who make important decisions, such as this, based on polls.

    November 21, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    All those who oppose this plan to avert a BAD war are welcome to send your kids, Grandkids & Gated Neighborhood kids to the Mid East & fight the current proxy war in Syria. Oh, & add an extra % or 2 to your Fed. Income Taxes to pay for it since a Fed Budget Deficit is NOW considered a Crisis

    November 21, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. NorCalMojo

    I expect it to mean as much as the deal we made with North Korea.

    November 21, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Sniffit

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

    Someone hasn't the first clue about what survey methodology and statistical analysis is all about.

    November 21, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Big_D

    I thought the GOP only had one solution, bomb Iran. I am so glad Obama is the President. We would have been in two more wars at least with the GOP.

    November 21, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. PoliticiansRCrooks

    OK they have NEVER not one time kept one promise. So how is this different this time? The NUMBER ONE state sponsor of terrorism. Terrorism that HAS killed Americans is somehow now to be trusted? Anyone backing any "Deal" with these vermin is really just living in dreamland......another shining example of Obama diplomacy making the world love us and costing us billions........the Iraq war a complete mistake and cost will probably end up being a cheap foreign policy blunder by the time his majesty Obama is done..........

    November 21, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. spudsy

    The majority of Americans might back it AFTER they disarm but not partial for partial. This is the Democrats sitting in congress trying to get the news that they used the nuclear option to break the rules set in congress.

    November 21, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    We were victims of holocaust and racism.
    --------------------------------------------
    I don't deny the holocaust, but let me inform you of something. The holocaust was nothing but a ploy funded by Rothchild and Rockefeller to move a population of people to take control of Jerusalem. The two richest families in the world supported both Hitler and the Jews. And another thing, just because the Star of David is on the back of our $1 bill doesn't mean we're your defender.

    November 21, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Sean

    I don't see how we can ask or expect Iran to discontinue or dismantle their nuclear program without Israel doing the same. Iran is fair to ask, if Israel can have nukes and no one says anything or sanctions them, why can't we?

    November 21, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. julnor

    "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." And 100% who haven't read a deal that does not yet exist.

    November 21, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. werewolf1

    Sign the deal Mr.O,if the Russians say it's a good deal and we know they are our "Friends".

    November 21, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. cristian saileanu

    the majority of the americans back a deal with iran?
    how about congress?
    yeah, i mean that very congress which gave bibi 39 standing ovations?

    republicans, who mostly believe that israel is the chosen people, will do their best to stop this deal...
    besides we need someone to hate, don't we?

    November 21, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Rick

    Doesn;t really matter what Americans think, it's what the Israeli's, the Saudi's and the UAE thinks that matters. That's who's going to be attacking Iran is a bad deal is reached !

    November 21, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. cristian saileanu

    yes, schlomo,
    we also need to kill all iranians babies, castrate all iranian males, and take over all iranian oil wells.
    What is it you're saying?
    iran has not attacked any country in its modern/recent history?
    well, darn it, let's twist facts so that we feel justified to attack them!

    November 21, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. onlymho

    Iran will not give up their nuclear weapons program – do not believe anything they say – escalate the sanctions or else you will live with a nuclear armed Iran

    November 21, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "This isn't good enough. We need the complete dismantling of all nuclear infrastructure and the removal of any and all University physics and chemistry programs. All Iranians with physics degrees should also be either killed or jailed in an Israeli prison. – We must do this to protect Israel. Israel is at danger here. The Germans nearly killed all of us and now the Iranians want to create another holocaust."

    Simply Stunning. So your answer is to behave like the Germans towards the Iranians? Shall we burn all their books and Kurans and mandate that they all get tattoos as well? That they must have papers to be out in public past a certain time of day? Maybe bust out some Zyclon B to take care of the ones we deem most dangerous? The others we'll just keep in "work camps"? Did you even read what you wrote?

    November 21, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Justsayin'

    Why do a deal that is even remotely favorable to Iran? All reputable observers report that the sanctions are absolutely crushing Iran's economy, that that is why Iran has come back to the table recently, and that it is only a matter of time before Iran's economy collapses from the sanctions - which would cause Iran to accept unilateral terms with no wiggle room. Why not just wait and observe?

    November 21, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Justsayin'

    My rather innocuous comment is awaiting moderation, while the following comment has been published by another person?

    "we also need to kill all iranians babies, castrate all iranian males, and take over all iranian oil wells."

    CNN, are you kidding me?

    November 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Just_Saying...

    While I am in favor of a negotiated ease of sanctions, I have to point out a few things:

    "We have 9/11 to show for shooting down their commercial jetliner and murdering all 300 civilians on board. Direct retribution."

    While we did shoot down a jetliner full of civilians (Ooppsss!), 9/11 was perpetrated by Saudi terrorists who are opposed to the propping up of the Saudi Monarchy by the US, and also who were irate at the pressence of infidels in the land of Mecca (i.e., American troops based in Saudi Arabia).

    Neither Iran nor Iraq 9for that matter) had anything to do with 9/11

    (Yes, Iran sponsored / sponsors lots of terrorism, but there is a clear divide betwen al Qaeda-affiliated terrorism and Shia-backed terrorism).

    "...the Iraq war a complete mistake and cost will probably end up being a cheap foreign policy blunder by the time his majesty Obama is done..."

    Most analysts I have heard have said that the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq basically sealed the fate that the Iranians would try to acquire nuclear capability. They figured that 1) America would not have stomache for war against Iran, and 2) That the fact Saddam did NOT have any WMD did NO good for him (since US invaded anyway), and 3) having a us pressence on their Eastern and Wester borders made it much easieer for ultra-millitant factions in iran to consolidate power in the government.

    It's not a surprise that when a population feels threatened by outsiders, they turn to militant leaders.

    November 21, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. DaveinIL

    This should get the vote for the stupidest poll of the year as most of the respondents probably no idea what the issue is. How about next week CNN asks people if they think Norway's tax on bubblegum is a good idea.

    November 21, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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