June 2nd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Majority of Americans agree with Obama's Iran approach

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, targeted Sen. Barack Obama again Monday over the Illinois senator’s approach to Iran and the Middle East.

But a new poll released by Gallup Monday suggests McCain may be out of step with the majority of Americans when it comes to U.S.-Iranian relations. Fifty-nine percent of Americans surveyed thought it was a good idea for the President of the United States to meet with the President of Iran. When Iran is taken out of the equation, an even higher percentage – 67 percent – responded that they thought it would be a good idea for the president to meet with leaders of countries considered enemies of the United States.

Of the three remaining major presidential candidates, only Sen. Barack Obama has said he would meet personally with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the leaders of other countries regarded as enemies of the United States by the Bush administration.

The Gallup survey was conducted May 19-21 and based on telephone interviews of 1,013 adults nationally. It has an overall margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iran • John McCain • Poll
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. s.boat

    I Will Vote For Hillary Clinton When She Stops Wearing Pant Suits!

    June 2, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Bill

    As I recall, McCain never said not to ever meet with such leaders. He said that it is naive to meet with them without preconditions as Obama stated he would do. Obama may have now changed his suggested approach. He changes so often it's hard to keep up from one minute to the next.

    June 2, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    8:45pm ET ..Go Hillary...



    Just wait when Hillary has to testify come November in her Law Suit for CAMPAIGN FRAUD..

    BTW... Does anyone know what Church HILLARY IS A MEMBER OF?

    June 2, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Lindsay in CA

    Stubborn old McSame is out of touch.

    June 2, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. s.boat

    This Shows That Hillary Clinton Is Out Of Touch With The People! Thats Why She Is Not Going To Be The President!

    June 2, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. gail

    " all we are saying, is give peace a chance"

    June 2, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. Florida not for Barack Obama - Ever

    Iran wants to disappear Israel and your gallup poll says that American wants to meet with Iran's President. What a joke CNN, nuff said I will be voting for McCain there is nothing more American then to vote for McCain.

    June 2, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. Dan

    Because talking to Hitler and Stalin worked so well for the world...

    June 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Roberto

    WHen given a choice between a potential president who would use military action as the first and only choice, and a potential president who would use it only if absolutely necessary, most Americans are intelligent enough to vote for the latter. Republicans are great at getting lots of common folk killed so they can stoke thier egos.

    June 2, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Yeah!!!

    McCain is trying to make it sound like Obama wants to go to dinner with Ahmadinejad!! I'm glad people are smart enough to know that Obama is only willing to have some sort of discussion with Iran without pitting the country in any kind of danger. It's not brain surgery......

    June 2, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Reason

    People fear Change.....

    As a solider in the Military I like the fact that Obama would like to talk to our proposed enemies....before I have to do my job. That what we the military are here for....when you have exhausted ALL possibilities of a peaceful resolve You call on us to enforce it........NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

    The United States is not the World Police......We need to establish a relationship with those that are a threat to the US.
    Keep your friends close but your enemies closer....especially the ones with Nuclear capability.

    June 2, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Bill

    Obama doesn't have Ideas. He just responds to others' ideas. He has a good speaking voice (reminds me of John Kerry's) as long as he has a script. Without a script, as he would be if he debates McCain one on one, he just stammers around with a lot of "er" and "uh".

    June 2, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. s.boat

    A Door Has Been Opened For Hillary Clinton, . . . And Everyone Is Giving Her The Nod!

    June 2, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Marie in California

    Well, they sure didn't poll me. I think Obama's approach to the Iran situation is naive and ineffectual....but then, so is he.

    No Abomination in the Presidency!

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    June 2, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. John, OH

    Look at that.

    June 2, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. peter griffin

    John McCain is so stupid he is trying to follow the same failed George Bush poliy over iran.

    June 2, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. shaorng58

    Barack Obama is the best thing to come along since JfK, in fact, he's like a black JFK (altho he's not really black) If you listen to JfK talking on tapes and then listen to Barack, even their inflection and that slight little stutter are very similair too. But what he makes him most like JFK is his intelligence, levelheadedness, foresight and honesty,
    as well as his bravado (I may be skinny but I'm fierce"! ) and his charisma. The man exudes warmth and practically has a halo!
    And by the way, (I researched this ) JFk only had 12 years of experience when elected. Half state and half U.S. senator. Barack
    Obama has served 7 years as an Illinois senator and 3 as a U.S.
    senator, only 2 years less than JFK, who was also 5 years younger than Barack Obama and was Catholic, which was still mocked a lot back in the 60s, I know because I was 11 years old and a Catholic!
    Someone on here said Hilliary's supporters, who are saying they'll vote for McSame if she is not the nominee, are racists. This is true and I suspect they are also feminists and lesbians and men haters!
    Not to mention ignorant! They want our sons to continue to get killed in Iraq, and the economy to get worse, and the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer all because a woman didn't get the nod!!!! And they cry "sexist" but that is not the case. Hilliary didn't get the nod because she is a woman but because 58% of the country thinks she is untrustworthy and a liar! I am a white woman and I am supporting Barack Obama because he is trustworthy and honest, not because he is black or a man. And I sure hope he doesn't pick her as VP because when he wins the white house, he'll have to constantly watch his back for fear she'll put a knife in it so she can be president,
    one way or another!

    June 2, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. Pepou

    Which proves that Obama is in touch with the American people, not old McSame.

    June 2, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. SEM

    McCain's blustery style of diplomacy looks worse than George W. Bush's. As responsible citizens, we should be careful not to buy into more sabre-rattling from politicians such as McCain. Obama has my vote in November.

    June 2, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. ted

    ___The dangerous and pathetic ideas dropped on this post are just another shinning example of the failure of the American public school system of the last 30 years; No sense of Mathematics or History, No forethought, No thought period.

    ___Islamic fundamentalists dictate; conform or die. Don't remember the Russians tellin us that for 35 years of the cold war.

    ___Detente with the Ayatollah? Yeah right, what a bunch of freakin Morons!
    ___Did anybody get that note Bin Laden left in aaaaaaa 92!__ just before they bombed the WTC the first time, then huddled cave in for ten years, before coming back to finish the job, and kill Three Thousand of us in a flash !
    __ And just wait till they get the Big Gun, I hope you got your beer bongs and Hookahs ready; cause its going to be quite a show.

    ___How many terrorist organizations publicly support OBAMA and the Rev. Wright's Black Liberation movement now. Yeah thats right, all of them. Daaah Hello ?

    ___This discussion shouldn't be about some rigged, public opinion poll.
    ___It should be about School Vouchers and this most wonderful example of why we need them. Our hastened march toward stupidity and ignorance on our way to anihilation.

    ___Peace !

    June 2, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Irma

    Wow! American ARE stupid.

    June 2, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. Joseph Adewole

    John McCain still talks and behaves as if he is in the Barracks; Americans will be more save by talking to these so called enemies of America. Get them round you and find out what the problems are, then find a way forward; what matter most is security for ordinary American; if visiting these countries will make America safe, it is worth doing.
    If Barack says he would meet and discuss with these so called enemies, definitely, Americans will be more safe under Obama.

    June 2, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Art

    Anyone whop CLAIMS to be a Clinton surrporter and says now because they are COMPLETELY bitter that they will now vote for Mccain is a complete MORON!

    June 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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