Americans are nearly evenly divided over the deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 world powers, with 43 percent of the public maintaining that the agreement would end up damaging US interests in the Middle East, while 41% believe the deal will curb Iran’s capability of producing a nuclear weapon, a survey found Wednesday.
16% of respondents said they were undecided on the matter, according to Rasmussen, which released the poll.
The survey was conducted among 1,000 likely voters on November 25-26, and the margin of error was projected to be three percentage points.
The six-month interim deal, signed in Geneva earlier this week, includes greater access for UN inspectors to Iran and a cap on the level of uranium enrichment, in exchange for eased sanctions.
On Tuesday, a poll conducted by Ipsos and Reuters showed that 44% of Americans backed the deal, while only 22% were against.
37% of Americans in that poll believed the US “should hold a hard line with Iran and maintain or expand current sanctions,” while 36% claimed the US had a “right to improve diplomatic relations with Tehran.”
The poll also found that over 40% of Americans believe that among all Middle Eastern countries, Iran poses the largest threat to the US and its allies.
An overwhelming majority, 63%, asserted that Iran’s nuclear program was ultimately aimed at developing weapons of mass destruction.
The Reuters/Ipsos survey polled 591 people, and had a confidence interval of 4.9 percentage points.