Poll Finds Growing Opposition to
By Julian Hattem
July 29, 2015
for the Iran nuclear deal is declining, according to a new poll released
Wednesday by critics of the agreement.
released on Wednesday by Secure America Now found that 45 percent of registered
voters want lawmakers to oppose the agreement, an increase of 8 percent from one
hearing additional arguments for and against the deal, the opposition to the
deal grew to 65 percent in the poll, indicating that advocates on both sides
could have significant influence on the national debate over the coming weeks.
heated opposition comes from Republicans, though many Democrats are also growing
critical of the agreement, which could point to a difficult few weeks for
congressional Democrats. Overall, Democrats in Congress have expressed mixed
emotions about the deal, which they will be forced to take a vote on in
some real message for Democratic senators here,” Pat Caddell, a Democratic
pollster who helped run the survey, told The Hill. “Which is why so many of
them I think feel caught, and they rightly should, in between the arguments.”
support will be increasingly
crucial for the Obama administration ahead of the September vote in
Congress to kill the deal. Republicans are expected to unite in their opposition
to the pact, leaving Democrats with
the choice of whether to sustain a veto from President Obama.
While the new
survey’s numbers still show Democrats tend to support the administration, they
are hardly a ringing of endorsement for a diplomatic agreement that Obama
clearly sees as a legacy achievement.
percent of self-identified Democrats told pollsters than they supported various
arguments presented by the Obama administration, including that opponents
“offer no other course than war.” Just 51 percent of Democrats said that the
deal “makes America safer and more secure.”
additional arguments about the deal, only 47 percent of Democrats told pollsters
that lawmakers should vote to support it.
“I think in
the next five weeks, as we go through August and into September, it’s going to
get worse,” Caddell said. “There’s a consistency to the movement."
The poll of
800 likely general election voters was conducted on July 22 and 23.