Survey: Most disapprove of moving forward on Iran without Congress


A vast majority of the public would oppose the White House moving forward with the nuclear deal with Iran without the support of Congress, according to a new survey released by an organization critical of the deal.

The poll, released by Secure America Now, found that 82 percent of Americans — including large majorities in both parties — oppose the White House granting billions of dollars in sanctions relief “without the approval of Congress.”

The survey also showed that, when informed about “secret side deals between Iran and the U.N. monitoring agency,” 61 percent of people thought that Congress should vote to kill the deal. Just 16 percent said it should be approved, despite the existence of the side deals.

The results could be troubling for supporters of the agreement.

Opponents have launched a heavily financed publicity campaign to kill the deal, including millions of dollars in TV ads. The new survey suggests that voters are susceptible to arguments critical of the deal.

“It’s not easy to find voters who are comfortable with the secret side deals allowing Iran to self-inspect their own nuclear activities,” Patrick Caddell, a Democratic pollster who helped conduct the survey, said in a statement.

Despite the steady drip of polls showing opposition to the deal, Democrats in Congress — who will be crucial to keeping the accord alive — have increasingly been falling in line to support the deal. 

Secure America Now has run television ads urging Congress to oppose the deal.

The poll questioned 1,000 likely general election voters from Aug. 13 to 17. The margin of error is 3.1 percent.