November 16th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Three-quarters say ratify START treaty

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:

Full results (pdf)

"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.

Check out CNN's new Polling Center, which provides the most comprehensive polling data of any news organization in the political landscape.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: CNN Polls • Polls • START treaty
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Mike in Texas

    The will of the people Republicans. If you don't support it, don't ever use that line again.

    November 16, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have replaced "NO" with "DELAY". There's nothing "new" about Republicans, Jon Kyl along with his buddy John McCain always say NO.

    November 16, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Not fooled

    Back to their old tricks. The party of No. These are two important things the treaty and DADT which most Americans are for.
    This is just an effort to make President Obama look bad. Disgusting.

    November 16, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. The reality is...

    One of the problems with liberals is that they think we can trust everyone; very naive and dangerous.

    November 16, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Me

    Your polls mean nothing
    I don't even believe that many people know what the START treaty is

    November 16, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Wes B.

    Even though many of the polls are important...and I do believe in polling...I'm sort of getting tired of all these polls posted by CNN.

    One thing that bothers me about these polls is that it gets people riled up. Oh, 50.1 percent of Americans are against the healthcare bill...OH THAT MEANS WE NEED TO REPEAL IT! Well, no it doesn't. That's just ridiculous. In an instance like that, it's important to remember that we elected Obama and other legislators to PASS a universal healthcare bill. And they did. That's just how our government works.

    If our government was run by polling, then we'd have anarchy...and we'd be overturning things every other month.

    November 16, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Glenn Koons

    There is not one CNN poll that I trust. Of course, the liberals, Dems polled, in greater numbers I will bet in the samples, want to give up our arms and military superiority to our enemies. None of these treaties has ever worked in history. None. But, Libs do not know history but think in terms of ideology and emotions . Russia has broken over 200 treaties since WWII. Why wuld you trust Putin? In fact, why would anyone trust this naif in the WH who has no international experience and no military experience. In fact, no experience at anything but community organizing. Enough of this naive tripe . CNN should be ashamed of being Journo-Lists. They always favor anything that penalizes the USA and frankly, that is why they do not rank in trust or viewership anymore.

    November 16, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. MAC

    We should not have the Senate ratify the treaty without updating our current nuclear weapons systems. They are over 20 years old and the Russians and Chinese are working to update their systems.

    November 16, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Queue REpublicans song-and-dancing their ratinalizations for obstructing..."please please please, just give us a little more time to scare some of that 73% into changing their mind!!!! Most of our base hasn't gotten the misinformation email yet!!!!"

    November 16, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    BTW: "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"

    Okham's Razor: Kyl and Kompany just want the feds to pony up even more money than that.

    November 16, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. rdepontb

    To Glenn Koons, "Me," "The reality is...": Go back to Fox, Limbaugh, and the Cold War; you are most comfortable back there.

    To Wes B: This poll shows 73 percent want to ratify, not 51 percent.

    What this nation is literally sick and fed up with are the do-nothings of the land. This includes the "party of no" Republicans as well as the "party of maybe" Democrats. Are we to be left to the ramblings of Tea Party mental giants like Palin and Bachmann?

    We have very non-partisan State and Defense Departments. Our scientists and engineers are, for the huge part, non-partisan. These are the ones who need to weigh on the decisions, these are the ones who advise the Administration. The polls go to show this is how the public sees it as well. We cannot afford to be guardians of the world, to keep as much force as the rest of the world combines, unless our main interest is in keeping defense contractors and big oil in the money. Let's get off this merry-go-round, and return the country-and the money-to its people.

    November 16, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Mark

    Juts make things easier for a land grab when America defaults on its loans!

    November 16, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. CK in SD

    To those saying this treaty requires us to trust our enemies: currently we have no inspection or verification program with Russia because the treaty that allowed such snap inspections expired last December (the old START). The new treaty would resume verification. Do you want to continue sitting in the dark on what the Ruskies are doing just so you can keep believing everything Obama does is wrong?

    November 16, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    I never get polled and I agree – so add me to that number!!

    Politicians should STOP campaigning for 2012 and get N2 Moving America Forward with our leader, President Obama!

    November 16, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Clwyd

    The republicans can only vote the way they are told and that has always been, "NO!"

    November 16, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Mark Michigan

    thank god. republicans to the rescue to prevent us from saving ourselves from nuclear annhilation. republicans must HATE all americans and america!

    November 16, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. they call me "tater salad"

    Since when does the Government do ANYTHING we say??? Why start now???

    November 16, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |