Just 21% Support Iran Deal In New Poll

Virtually every single poll on the Iran deal here in the U.S. finds it underwater, other than a U of Maryland poll, which seems to be a complete outlier. Quite often, the polls show an erosion of support for the deal, as well

(Pew Research Center) As Congress prepares to vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, public support for the deal has declined. Currently, just 21% approve of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached between the United States, Iran and other nations. Nearly half (49%) disapprove of the agreement, while three-in-ten (30%) offer no opinion.

In mid-July, a week after President Obama announced the deal, 33% of the public approved of the agreement, while 45% disapproved and 22% had no opinion. Over the past six weeks, the share approving of the agreement has fallen 12 percentage points (from 33% to 21%), while disapproval has held fairly steady (45% then, 49% now). Somewhat more express no opinion than did so in July (22% then, 30% now).

Even among Democrats, support has declined. In the July poll, support was at 50%. It’s dropped to 42%.

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Among Independents, support has eroded from 31% to 20%.

In both cases, some of the loss of support has moved into the “don’t know” category. Much of that could be due to it supposedly disappearing, to a degree, from the news

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 3-7 among 1,004 adults, finds that the contentious debate over the Iran agreement has not resonated widely with the public. In fact, the share saying they have heard either a lot or a little about the agreement has declined from 79% in July to 69% in the new survey. The share saying they have heard “nothing at all” about it has increased nine percentage points, from 21% to 30%.

It hasn’t completely disappeared from the news, but we are getting much less coverage. Hey, did you know this (particularly starting with the red bold I’ve added)?

Fallacious “Snapback” Sanctions. Obama has said that if Iran violates the nuclear deal, all of the sanctions can snap back into place and we will not need the support of other members of the U.N. Security Council. The United States, he claims, can trigger these snapback sanctions on its own. But paragraph 37 of the JCPOA makes clear that the provisions of the U.N. Security Council resolutions would be reimposed “unless the U.N. Security Council decides otherwise,” and it even goes on to insulate established contracts with Iran from whatever snapback sanctions are imposed. Knowing that any contracts entered into with Iran by foreign companies could survive so-called snapback sanctions even when Iran is caught cheating, the Obama administration has sent letters to the governments of China, Germany, France and Britain assuring them that companies doing business with Iran will not be penalized if Iran violates the JCPOA. Senators Mark Kirk and Marco Rubio are demanding that the Obama administration release the contents of these letters – contents that are currently undisclosed – to the American public.

Per the Corker Amendment, no review period nor vote can be held until Congress receives all relevant material. This includes side deals and letters as described above.

Meanwhile, Rep. Louis Gohmert is saying that House leadership is considering holding a vote on the Iran deal on September 11th. A day that saw so much bravery by Americans in the face of Islamic terrorism could see utter cowardice by GOP leadership. They probably do not care, they’re surely looking for a late Friday heading-into-the-weekend vote.

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