A new Pew Poll released today shows the American public does not support the White House’s interim deal over the Iranian nuclear program. Conducted by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY two weeks after the November 24 agreement struck at Geneva between the P5+1 powers and Iran, the national survey finds that 43 percent disapprove of the agreement, 32 percent approve, while 25 percent do not have an opinion.
Of all men polled, 46 percent disapprove of the deal, while 35 percent approve; for women, 39 percent disapprove with 29 percent approving. All age brackets polled (18-29, 30-49, 50-64, 65+) show a plurality disapproving. Republicans disapprove by 58 to 14 percent while independents disapprove by 47 to 29 percent. Surprisingly, only half of the Democrats polled approve of Obama’s deal, as another 27 percent signaled disapproval.
Perhaps what’s most interesting is that the poll shows how the interim deal has affected public thinking about a negotiated settlement. For instance, a September 2006 poll found that 54 percent favored the United States entering direct negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, while 32 percent disapproved. A September/October 2009 poll asking the same question found that 63 percent approved of direct negotiations and 28 percent disapproved. That is, the American public wanted a diplomatic solution over Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. But with a plurality of 43 percent disapproving of the actual agreement, it shows that Americans don’t like the deal the White House struck at Geneva.
Nor does the public have much affection for the Islamic Republic. A poll taken from October 30 to November 6 this year showed that 60 percent of respondents believed that the regime was not serious about addressing international concerns regarding its nuclear enrichment program. After the deal that number only rose, to 62 percent. Americans don’t trust the regime in Tehran, which makes it even more curious that the White House does.