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Friday, April 3, 2015

Views of the Iran Talks

Ed Carson reports at Investor's Business Daily:
The U.S. and other global powers announced that they've set the "parameters" of a nuclear deal with Iran. But Americans don't trust Tehran, with a bipartisan majority saying that Congress should have to approve any agreement, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.
By a 62% to 30% margin in the IBD/TIPP Poll of 900 adults completed Wednesday, Americans don't believe Iran would keep its side of any nuclear bargain. Half of Democrats expect the Islamic regime to keep its word vs. just 12% of Republicans and 27% of independents.
"One thing is very clear: People are really skeptical of a deal with Iran," said Raghavan Mayur, president of Technometrica, IBD's polling partner.
Obama won't submit any nuclear deal to Congress, defying a majority of Americans from across the political spectrum. Overall, 58% say lawmakers should vote on the deal vs. 35% who do not. That includes 54% of both Democrats and Republicans, along with 67% of independents.
As Obama touted the "historic understanding," 46% of Americans say the president is focusing on his legacy while ignoring Iran's growing influence in the Mideast, vs. 44% who disagree. Not surprisingly, Americans are divided along partisan lines, with independents split too.
Meanwhile, U.S.-Israel relations have "significantly worsened" under President Obama, according to a 45% plurality. Some 40% say ties haven't changed, while 6% say they've "significantly improved."
Republicans and independents are far more likely to see a deterioration than Democrats.
Scott Clement and Peyton G. Craighill report at The Washington Post:
By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.
But the survey — released hours before Tuesday’s negotiating deadline — also finds few Americans are hopeful that such an agreement will be effective. Nearly six in 10 say they are not confident that a deal will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, unchanged from 15 months ago, when the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia reached an interim agreement with Iran aimed at sealing a long-term deal.
Overall, the poll finds 59 percent support an agreement in which the United States and its negotiating partners lift major economic sanctions in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program. Thirty-one percent oppose a deal.
Pew reports:
Ahead of a March 31 deadline for nuclear talks with Iran, more Americans approve (49%) than disapprove (40%) of the United States negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program. But the public remains skeptical of whether Iranian leaders are serious about addressing international concerns over their nuclear enrichment program.

If a nuclear agreement is reached, most Americans (62%) want Congress to have final authority over the deal. Just 29% say President Obama should have final authority over any nuclear agreement with Iran.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 25-29 among 1,500 adults, finds that just 27% have heard a lot about the nuclear talks between the United States and Iran in Lausanne, Switzerland. Another 49% have heard a little about the negotiations, while 24% have heard nothing at all.