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Monday, October 24, 2016

KerryA Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday finds that Americans favor the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran — an issue on which Congress and world powers are split.

According to the poll, 44 percent of Americans support the deal reached between six world powers and Iran reached over the weekend; just 22 percent oppose the deal.

Reuters notes that although there is “little trust among Americans toward Iranian intentions,” Americans still hope to avoid any U.S. “military entanglements.” Even if Iran fails to honor the deal, only 20 percent of Americans surveyed in the poll want the United States to use military force against the Islamic republic; 49 percent say they would want the nation to increase sanctions, and another 31 percent believe the U.S. should continue to push for diplomacy.

An overwhelming majority of Americans — 65 percent — say that unless the country is “directly threatened,” it “should not become involved in any military action in the Middle East.” Only 21 percent disagreed.

The poll’s findings are good news for President Barack Obama, who has seen his popularity decline over the past several weeks among Americans. Though he still faces harsh criticism from both Democrats and Republicans wary of Iran, the public support for the nuclear deal — which places restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions — may keep Congress from approving new sanctions that would jeopardize the deal.

The White House has called the deal the “first step” toward ensuring Iran does not develop an atomic bomb — though Tehran denies that it has any intentions of doing so — and preventing military conflict in the Middle East. Still, some believe that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani cannot be trusted to hold up his end of the bargain. Rouhani’s greatest skeptic is Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the new deal a “historic mistake.” Even though the poll finds a large percentage of Americans seem to disagree with Netanyahu’s stance on the program, it also notes that 50 percent support using “military power to defend Israel against threats to its security, no matter where they come from.”

President Obama acknowledges that “huge challenges remain,” but he also maintains that not negotiating would only further “commit ourselves to an endless cycle of violence,” “tough talk,” and “bluster.”

“We cannot close the door on diplomacy, and we cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world’s problems,” Obama said on Monday. Now, it seems that Americans are behind him.

Photo: Alexander Klein/AFP

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  • charleo1

    When we hear the protestations of those former Bush Administration officials, such as Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, or Ari Fleischer, and others. What are we supposed to think? These people have a lot of credibility here? Why then, aren’t
    we heading up the penitentiary, and asking Bernie Madoff about the best retirement
    plans to invest in? Look, go back, and read the headlines in the winter of 2002, and
    the first couple of months of 2003. As Bush made his case for war, and ratcheted up
    the pressure for that. Iraqi officials were conceding, that yes they had been less than
    cooperative in the past. But were now anxious to fully comply. Iraqi representatives
    were petitioning the U.N. to send in it’s people. And were adamant they had not re-
    constituted any of their biological, chemical, nor nuclear programs. And were ready
    to prove it. That was in Jan. 2003. The U.N. sent the inspectors back. But Bush was
    having none of it. Very much like the T-Party budget negotiations in the summer of 2011, holding default over the heads of Americans. Bush was not interested in neg-
    otiations, inspections, or WMDs. He wanted war, just as the T-Party wanted default.
    So, just as hopefully, Americans are done with trickle down economics, the T-Party, and the Neocons. America is done with elective, and preemptive war, over WMDs.

    • Independent1

      Charle, as many have pointed out, we need to make sure that Democrats and independents turn out in significant enough numbers for 2014 and 2016 to make sure that America is done with elective and preemptive wars over WMDs as you stated. We can’t again, let a minority of Americans dictate the direction of America – people supporting the Republican party are becoming less and less – we need to do everything we can to see that as it becomes more of a minority that the GOP becomes an even lessor obstructive force in the future.
      Have a great Thanksgiving!!

      • charleo1

        Of course, I agree with you 100%. It seems 9/11, knocked the
        Country a bit off balance. Remember? People were this combination of scared, angry, dumfounded, and pretty much unified in demanding some, satisfaction. But not really knowing what that would look like. It brought out the best in us, and some of the worst, too. We did what Americans have always done, we looked to our President. And from my perspective, he let the Country down. He wasn’t evil, or anything. He was just the wrong man, at the wrong time. I’m optimistic because I read comments such as yours, and, a lot of other really wise, and smart people who do care so much for their Country. And, lately I read more of them all the time. Which tells me, people are figuring this out. T-Party numbers are tanking. And the good old boys of the GOP know it. I know we have what it takes to turn this Country around. In spite of all the money, far too much money, the rigged districts, and all the 24/7 propaganda in the world. When Americans had to get it right, we always have, when it counted the most. May you, and all your family, have a great Thanksgiving as well!

  • Dominick Vila

    One of the most important lessons we should remember from the 2012 election is that more often than not polls reflect the hopes of the pollsters and their sponsors rather than the mindset that influence the decision of the populace at large.
    The fact that those responsible for some of the most reprehensible decisions we have made in modern history, and that those who oppose a rapprochement with Iran, are criticizing a foreign policy success that has eluded Republican and Democratic administrations for over four decades is not surprising. Let’s not forget that the main motivation for most the wars we have been involved in during the last half century or so was the need to pursue geopolitical and economic goals, and as a result of fears bordering in paranoia.
    Perhaps not surprisingly, our so called “liberal” media is giving more air time to the crusaders than to an administration responsible for one of the most dramatic paradigm shifts in decades.

    • Independent1

      The unfortunate part is, that although what you point out in your first sentence is so true, I believe millions of Americans’ opinions are swayed by what polls tell them. Which is why, many polls are even actually taken and reported with deliverate political bias – because it’s those creating the polls feeling that people may vote the way they can mislead them into believing what is the majority opinion.
      Over the years, polling has become a political gimmick used to try and sway the results of elections which I believe was made very evident in 2012. Because of this, I strongly believe that publication of political polls should be outlawed within 6 months of national elections, although I know full well that it is unlikely to ever come to pass in today’s political judicial environment which is very right-leaning.

      • Dominick Vila

        I agree. I also believe polls are part of marketing strategies designed to sell products, services, influence our habits, influence foreign policy decisions, and just about everything we do.
        The larger problem is the influence of money in the policy-making process and in the outcome of our election. I would ban lobbyists from the premises of all government institutions, and would forbid elected officials and their employees to accept calls from lobbyists when those calls involve political matters.

        • Independent1

          I agree completely with all you point out. Polls have become far to pervasive and lobbiest have gotten to where they have far too much influence on politicians and even others that work in governments around the country; even down to those at the local level.

  • Defend The Constitution

    In his own words, Hussein Obama states that the President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation: (Question 2, at the link)

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Hussein Obama is very delusional.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Although democratic processes and collectivism both offer equality, democratic processes tend to offer equality of liberty while socialism offers equality of servitude.