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.