A poll released on March 17 shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans support ongoing negotiations between the leaders of the United States and Iran on the latter’s nuclear energy program.
The poll, conducted by CNN and ORC, found 68 percent of respondents support the diplomatic negotiations to halt chances of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.
The controversial letter sent and signed by 47 of the 54 Republicans in the U.S. Senate did not matter to most respondents. Of people taking the poll, 44 percent thought the letter would do nothing to negotiations, while 32 percent thought it would hurt America’s efforts of resolving the problem with Iran.
Of those polled, 49 percent thought the letter, authored by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, went too far. In ideological terms, 67 of Democrats disagreed with the letter, while 52 percent of Republicans supported it. Independents were almost even, with 47 percent against and 42 percent in favor of the letter.
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Those polled also believed President Barack Obama would do a better job handing foreign policy matters than the Republicans in Congress, who hold majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
In the poll, 47 percent felt more confident with Obama handling foreign policy issues, while 39 percent felt the Republicans in Congress would do a better job.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been regularly meeting with Iranian officials to sort out the details of the negotiations for Iran’s nuclear energy program. Iran has maintained for years that its program is only used for peaceful purposes, but the international community has been skeptical.
The deal is expected to be completed in June, where the U.S. will remove tough sanctions against the economically weakened country, while Iran will allow for greater oversight from international officials on its nuclear capabilities and programs.
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