Poll: Public doesn't trust Iran on nuke deal
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A majority of Americans say Iran cannot be trusted to abide by a nuclear deal it struck with the U.S. and other countries on Tuesday, according to a survey from Monmouth University.

The poll found that 55 percent of registered voters do not trust Iran to comply with the agreement that requires Tehran to limit its uranium production and allow inspectors access to its nuclear sites in exchange for sanctions relief.

Thirty-five percent of respondents said they would trust the country a little bit, while only 5 percent said they trust Iran a lot.


The public is largely split along partisan lines on the issue, with 52 percent of Democrats saying they trust Iran to comply with the agreement at least a little bit, but 55 percent of Republicans saying they don’t trust Iran at all.

Still, 49 percent said that it was a good idea to try and make the deal with Iran work, against 36 percent who said it’s a bad idea.

Here too, the public is largely split along partisan lines, with 61 percent of Democrats calling the negotiations a good idea, compared to 55 percent of Republicans who said they were a bad idea.

A plurality of Independents, 49 percent, said the negotiations were a good idea.

Republicans in Congress have vowed to block the agreement, but President Obama says he’ll veto any attempts by the GOP to do so.

“The pact with Iran faces an uncertain future in Congress,” said Monmouth University polling director Patrick Murphy. “A major sticking point with the American public is a sense that Tehran really can’t be trusted to keep its part of the bargain.”

The Monmouth survey of 1,001 registered voters was conducted between July 9-12, before the agreement was announced on Tuesday. It has a 3.1-percent margin of error.