Poll: Americans oppose Iran deal by 2-1 margin

Poll: Americans oppose Iran deal by 2-1 margin
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A majority of Americans opposes a recently reached international accord lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for new limits on its nuclear program, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

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Nearly six in 10 Americans, or 57 percent, oppose the nuclear deal, while 28 percent voice support for it in the national poll released Monday, in a 2-to-1 margin against the deal.

Republicans strongly oppose the deal brokered by the Obama administration, 86 to 3 percent, while Democrats support the top second-term foreign policy agenda item for President Obama, 52 to 32 percent.

A majority of Americans disapprove the way Obama is handling the situation in Iran (56 percent), compared with 35 percent who approve. A majority (58 percent) also thinks the deal makes the world less safe.

The Obama administration has worked to sell the deal, reached between the U.S., France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China with Iran, to a deeply skeptical American public and Congress.

An ABC/Washington Post poll out July 20 found that 56 percent support the deal and 37 percent oppose it, while a Pew Research Center poll released the following day found that a plurality of Americans familiar with the deal oppose it, 48 to 38 percent.

Another CNN/ORC International Poll released late last month found that 52 percent of Americans say Congress should reject the deal, compared to 44 percent who said it should be approved.

The latest survey from Quinnipiac was commissioned amid testimony on Capitol Hill from Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryFrustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response Budowsky: Dems madder than hell Tillerson: 'My view didn’t change' on Paris climate agreement MORE, Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest MonizObama energy secretary launches nonprofit Overnight Energy: Zinke, Perry take heat over Trump budget Overnight Energy: Trump signs climate order | Greens vow to fight back MORE and Treasury Secretary Jack LewJack LewWhite House divide may derail needed China trade reform 3 unconventional ways Trump can tackle the national debt One year later, the Iran nuclear deal is a success by any measure MORE in favor of the deal.

The survey of 1,644 registered U.S. voters was conducted July 23-28 via landlines and cellphones with a margin of error of 2.4 points.