New Poll on Iran Nuclear Deal and What Voters Expect from Congress Released
On Heels of the Interim Iran Nuclear Agreement,
Leading Pollster, Nuclear Security Expert, AUFC Reveal New Survey Showing Voters Want Congress to Give Negotiations a Chance Before Passing New Sanctions
Washington DC (December 3, 2013) – On a press conference call today hosted by Americans United for Change, Geoffrey Garin, President of Hart Research Associates, and Joel Rubin, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Ploughshares Fund, detailed new poll results on how voters want Congress to deal with Iran following the preliminary nuclear agreement announced last month between Iran and six world powers including the U.S. The top line of the agreement is that Iran will freeze its nuclear development program and neutralize its entire stockpile of enriched uranium for six months in exchange for eased economic sanctions from the U.S. and five other nations while the two sides work to hammer out a permanent solution. The new survey found that voters overwhelmingly believe Congress should watch closely how the deal is being implemented and whether Iran complies, but that it should NOT take any action including passing stiffer sanctions that could scuttle the agreement or undermine the negotiations.
Among the key findings from the Hart Research Associates poll conducted Nov. 26 – Dec. 1:
- On an unaided basis, voters who have heard enough about the Iran nuclear agreement to have an opinion are favorable to it by a margin of 57% to 37%.
- 63 percent of voters give approval for the agreement when they hear a description of its terms.
- 68 percent of voters believe Congress should closely monitor how the agreement is being implemented, but it should NOT take any action that would block the agreement or jeopardize the negotiations for a permanent settlement.
- By 68-21, voters prefer a member of Congress who wants to give the agreement a chance to work before considering new sanctions over one who wants to pass new economic sanction on Iran now.
- 70% oppose a military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, including 50% who strongly oppose it.
Geoffrey Garin, President, Hart Research Associates: "Americans do not want to get involved in another war in the Middle East, and the public clearly wants to give negotiations a chance to work if there is a possibility negotiations can prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon without a military strike. The public is reassured by the fact that most sanctions remain in place and Iran has agreed to intrusive inspections, and Americans understand tougher sanctions can be imposed if and when negotiations for a permanent resolution do not succeed. The clear majority of voters do not want Congress to impose more sanctions at this point if doing so might jeopardize the agreement and the ongoing negotiations."
Joel Rubin, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Ploughshares Fund: "The nuclear deal with Iran is a win for those who want to prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb. Americans are safer today because of it. The deal restricts Iran's nuclear program for the first time in a decade, eliminates the most dangerous nuclear materials in Iran's possession, and opens up Iran's nuclear program to unprecedented inspections. This first step deal, which provides modest economic relief to Iran without removing core international sanctions, creates the opportunity for comprehensive diplomacy to verifiably ensure that Iran will not acquire a nuclear bomb. The alternatives to the reasonable path of diplomacy we are currently on -- either an unconstrained Iranian nuclear program or military action -- would fail to prevent an Iranian bomb while undermining American national security. For those who want to ensure that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon, now is the time to support this deal and to test Iran at the negotiating table, not push it away."
Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “Those in Congress thinking about pushing more sanctions in the middle of these delicate but promising negotiations should first consider these words of wisdom from Abraham Lincoln: ‘We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it.’”