World Bulletin / News Desk
A poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC has found that 64% of Americans support agreeing terms with Iran regarding their nuclear program. This is in stark contrast to the U.S. Congress, which has generally displayed an aversion to a deal, with some pro-Israeli lobby groups even pushing for more sanctions.
The findings follow similar results from a poll conducted by CNN, which found that 75% of Americans support direct diplomacy with Iran. 70% of participants in a poll conducted by the University of Maryland also supported diplomacy over military action against Iran.
When asked the question: 'Thinking now about the situation with Iran, would you support or oppose an agreement in which the United States and other countries would lift some of their economic sanctions against Iran, in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program in a way that makes it harder for it to produce nuclear weapons?' 64% of adults surveyed said they supported negotiations.
Democrats were more likely to support the talks than their Republican counterparts, as 72% of those who identified themselves as Democrats supported the talks compared to only 57% of Republicans. 63% of those with no affiliation to either party also supported the talks.
This leaves many members of Congress in a political dilemma, divided between the will of the people and the interests of certain groups lobbying against Iran on ideological grounds. While some members of congress have given into the pressure of these lobby groups, their push for further sanctions against Iran could derail the whole peace process, leaving the Obama administration and others who supported the talks in a difficult situation. However, if the deal succeeds, those who opposed it may lose public support.Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2013, 16:52