A new poll reveals that the majority of Americans believe Iran is untrustworthy and will not stick to the promises it made in the recently completed Iran nuclear deal. If the deal is passed, the United States will remove a majority of the current economic sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy over the last several years. In return, Iran's nuclear weapon capabilities will be severely limited.
According to the Monmouth University poll released Wednesday, 55 percent of Americans say that they do “not at all” trust Iran to follow through with requirements in the agreement that will see the nation decrease its use of nuclear energy over the next decade in favor of less economic sanctions. Only 5 percent of respondents trusted Iran “a lot,” while 35 percent trusted Iran “a little," The Hill reports.
In terms of political affiliation, nearly three out of every four Republicans remain skeptical of Iran’s role in the negotiations and final deal. Democrats were evenly split, with 45 percent putting “a little” trust in Iran and the same number “not at all” trusting the known pro-terrorism nation.
Among all registered voters (which is not as significant as “likely voters” in polls), 58 percent said that they did not trust Iran at all to abide by the deal, Politico reports. The controversial deal will allow inspectors to check for any mishandling or unlawful use of the nation’s nuclear energy stockpile. However, the deal gives Iran a warning of 14 days prior to the inspectors arriving.
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The deal is not finalized until Congress reads, debates, and ultimately votes to approve it. The last of the list may be the biggest challenge, as Republicans who hold majorities in both houses of Congress object to the deal. Some Democrats, such as New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, also have publicly expressed disappointment in the deal numerous times, putting the plan in jeopardy.
“The pact with Iran faces an uncertain future in Congress. A major sticking point with the American public is a sense that Tehran (the capital of Iran) really can’t be trusted to keep its part of the bargain,” Patrick Murphy, the Monmouth University polling director, said after the results were made public.
U.S. Congress now has 60 days to review and vote for or against the deal.
The survey polled 1,001 registered voters and was conducted between July 9 and July 12. The poll has a 3.1-percent margin of error, according to The Hill.
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