Sixty percent of American voters said they would stop buying products from a company that did business with Iran — and 70 percent said it was very important for firms to disclose any dealings with Tehran, according to survey results released Tuesday.
The poll of 1,000 registered voters — Republicans, Democrats and Independents — was conducted by United Against Nuclear Iran. The nonprofit, nonpartisan, education and advocacy group was founded in 2008 to oppose the Iran nuclear deal.
The organization is chaired by former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.
The survey also found 56 percent of respondents said they would sell their stock in companies that conducted business with Iran and invest it elsewhere.
Voters also said only the Islamic State and al-Qaida were bigger national security threats to the United States outside of a nuclear Tehran.
Here are some of the survey's key findings.
How likely are you to stop buying products of companies doing business with Iran?
- Very likely: 35 percent.
- Somewhat likely: 25 percent.
- Not too likely: 18 percent.
- Not likely at all: 18 percent.
- Would be OK with it: 4 percent.
How important is it for companies to disclose their dealings with Iran?
- Very important: 70 percent.
- Quite important: 22 percent.
- Not so important: 6 percent.
What would you do with your stock if you learned a company had dealing with Iran?
- Sell shares: 56 percent.
- Keep shares: 35 percent.
Top three reasons why Iran is a threat to U.S.:
- Nuclear weapons: 40 percent.
- Terrorism: 23 percent.
- Dislikes U.S.: 9 percent.
Do you support educating companies on the risks and negatives of doing business with Iran?
- Strongly support: 34 percent.
- Very strongly support: 22 percent.
- Somewhat support: 24 percent.
- Probably not support: 9 percent.
- Definitely not support: 8 percent.
On these questions, respondents were allowed to vote more than once:
Top five reasons to not do business with Iran:
- Can't guarantee safety against employees being arrested: 76 percent.
- Iran might violate nuclear deal: 75 percent.
- Companies risk losing reputation: 75 percent.
- Companies being hacked by Iranian operatives: 74 percent.
- State sponsorship of terrorism: 73 percent.
Top five national security threats to U.S.:
- ISIS: 84 percent.
- Al-Qaida: 73 percent.
- Iran: 67 percent.
- North Korea: 66 percent.
- Muslim Brotherhood: 60 percent.
"These new findings should raise alarm bells in corporate boardrooms around the world," said Ambassador Mark Wallace, UANI's CEO. "A robust majority of American voters has delivered a sobering message: They feel very strongly that Iran poses a direct and continuing threat to the national security of the United States, and they won't hesitate to punish companies that choose to further strengthen the ayatollah and this regime."
The poll was conducted between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.
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