Most Americans want Congress to vote against the nuclear deal with Iran, a new CNN/ORC poll shows
, but the numbers are sharply divided among political lines.
Overall, the poll of 1,017 adults, including 898 registered voters, showed that 52 percent of the respondents said Congress should reject the deal, reports CNN
, while 44 percent are calling for it to be approved.
Opinions on the deal appear to be split politically and along age and education lines:
- 66 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of independents say Congress ought to reject it
- 61 percent of Democrats say it should be approved
- 53 percent of those between the ages of 18-34 want the deal approved
- 56 percent of those 35 or older want the deal rejected
- 53 percent of college graduates call for its approval
- 37 percent with a high school degree or less formal education want the bill approved.
Opposition to the deal may be because of skepticism, a similar poll in late June as the negotiations were continuing in Vienna, showed. About two-thirds of the people in that poll thought it was not likely an agreement would be reached that would keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The poll also measured President Barack Obama's approval rating, with 49 percent saying they approve of how he is doing his job and 47 percent disapproving. The rating was about the same as in a June survey, which ranked Obama at 50 percent for the first time in two years.
The poll also showed that Americans are not optimistic on the economy:
- 41 percent of Americans say the economy is in good shape;
- 59 percent describe it as poor
- 58 percent of Democrats say the economy is good, down from 18 points in April
- 48 percent of independents call the economy good
- 28 percent of Republicans say the economy is good
- 38 percent of adults age 18-34 say the economy is good.
Further, the poll found that many say their personal situation is better under Obama's second term in office, with 49 percent saying they're doing better than they were three years ago and 38 percent saying their personal situation has not gotten better.
The poll carried a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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