President Obama may boast his credentials at the State of the Union speech tonight, but on the most burning national security issue of the decade, the American people don’t seem to think the President has handled right the Iranian threat or taken the necessary steps to stop Tehran’s advance of her nuclear program.
A new survey, sponsored by The Israel Project and conducted by Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, found that 63 percent of Americans want Congress to move forward with the new sanctions legislation, while only 28 percent oppose. Over two-thirds of those surveyed (69%) said any final nuclear deal with Iran should be approved by Congress and 62% said that Congress should weigh in before the Obama administration gives more sanctions relief to Iran.
Overall, 66% pf likely US voters said the Obama administration has done an “only fair” or “poor” job of handling the Iran issue during his presidency, while 30 percent said the administration has been “good” or “excellent” when dealing with Iran. Only Democrats approve Obama’s job handling the Iranian issue by a 56-39 margin.
A whopping majority – 78 percent – of respondents said yes when asked if they support they support the new Iran sanctions legislation in the Senate, sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL). Only 15 percent opposed the legislation. The Obama administration has argued that those pushing for more sanctions on Iran are putting the country on a path to war and new sanctions now will cause the interim deal with Iran to fall apart. After hearing that argument, poll respondents still favored proceeding with new sanctions by a 63-28 margin.
“This survey shows that all Americans – Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, men and women, young and old – do not trust Iran, want Congress to have a final say on any deal, and believe passing the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act will strengthen our diplomacy,” said Josh Block, President and CEO of The Israel Project. “Seeking a tougher approach and increased pressure on Tehran, the American people reject further reduction of sanctions before Iran fully dismantles its nuclear infrastructure.”
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54 percent said that Iran acquiring nuclear weapons was more dangerous than targeted military strikes on Iran;s nuclear facilities.
A similar poll conducted for the Associated Press-GfK gave President Barack Obama lower marks for his dealings with Iran.
According to the poll, 60% of US adults approve of the six-month agreement with Iran, but only 47 percent believe it might work. Overall, 42 percent approve of how Obama handles Iran. Only 25% strongly approve of his performance.
A Washington Post/ABC poll showed 48% of registered voters disapprove Obama’s handling of Iran compared to 40% who approve.
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)