Just as President Obama closes in on veto-proof Senate to achieve his top foreign policy goal of a nuclear agreement with Iran, he appears to be losing public support for the agreement. Both sides in the debate are using television advertising as the mid-September deadline for a vote approaches.
Two new polls conducted by Fox News and CNN/ORC show that a majority of the public now oppose the deal. Fox News also reports people believe Obama’s handling of it is poor.
Only 50 percent of Democrats support it according to the Fox News poll whereas 83 percent Republicans and 60 percent of independents oppose the agreement. Distrust of Iran to honor the agreement is nearly universal, with 75 percent of Americans saying Iran can’t be trusted and no major demographic category getting near 40 percent (only 37% of liberals). Also, 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of U.S. relations with Iran.
CNN/ORC found 56 percent of Americans calling to reject the deal. However, Democratic support had increased to 70 percent (up from 61% in July), but Republican opposition increased since July from 66 percent to 83 percent today, and similar to the Fox News poll, independents opposed it (58% to 39%).
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CNN: Poll: Most Americans want Congress to reject Iran deal
Does not matter what the public thinks.
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