Iran Letter Poll: Americans Find GOP's Letter 'Not Appropriate'

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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A recent poll found 42% of Americans believe it was inappropriate for Republican senators to send a letter to Iranian leaders.

The letter, organized by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and signed by 47 GOP senators, warned Iranian leaders that any nuclear deal they make with the Obama administration could be revoked once Obama leaves office.

The letter has sparked great controversy, escalating to the point that a White House petition asking that the senators be tried for treason under the Logan Act garnered more than 270,000 signatures, we previously reported.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he was in “utter disbelief” over the letter to members of Congress.

YouGov administered a poll to 1,000 adults asking them about the letter, as well as questions about Iran and the nuclear agreement.

A staggering 41 percent of respondents had no knowledge of the letter, with 35 percent having “heard a little,” and 24 percent having “heard a lot.”

When respondents were asked if such a letter was “appropriate” for Republicans to send, 42 percent responded that is was “not appropriate.” The percentage of respondents who answered “appropriate” was 28 percent, with 31 percent “not sure.”

Of the Republican respondents, 53 percent supported the letter; only 10 percent opposed it.

The disproportion with Democrats’ responses is high, with 71 percent finding the letter “not appropriate,” and only 11 percent finding it “appropriate.” Twenty-six percent of Independents were in favor of the letter, with 37 percent opposed.

The poll respondents were also asked whether they support or oppose the terms of the international agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

Thirty-six percent of respondents said they did not know enough about it to respond, and 11 percent were unsure.

Support for the agreement received 36 percent of the vote, with 17 percent opposed.

When asked how serious a threat Iran’s nuclear program poses to the United States, 39 percent think the threat is somewhat serious. Twenty-six percent find it to be an immediate threat.

Forty-three percent of Republicans responded in the immediate threat category, with 45 percent of Democrats opting for it being somewhat serious.

The total respondents who find Iran poses a threat on some level was 65 percent. The concern over Iran has risen since November 2013, when 58 percent of Americans said the country posed a threat, reports Huffington Post.

Where respondents' trust lies for negotiating an agreement with Iran was also posed to respondents, making them choose between Barack Obama, Republicans in Congress, or give an unsure vote.

The results were close, with 36 percent trusting Obama, 31 percent the Republicans in Congress, and 33 percent not sure who they trust.

Sources: Huffington Post, YouGov

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