Trump blows off Iran nuclear deal

May 10, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that he intends to withdraw from the Iran deal—pitting him against the nation’s closest allies and leaving the future of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in question, according to a report by CNN.

Signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015, the deal represented a preliminary framework agreement between Iran and six world powers—Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States—to lift United Nations sanctions on the Islamic Republic once Iran conformed to a set of nuclear-related commitments.

President Trump’s announcement of U. S. withdrawal from the multi-nation Iran agreement is an action that divides the country politically and ideologically, and a decision on which more than one-third of the country takes no position, based on findings of an Economist/YouGov poll of 1,492 U.S. adults fielded during recent. But more respondents say that America should not withdraw than think it should.

Indeed, 19% of registered Republicans say that the United States should have remained a party to the agreement. However, twice as many (51%) disagree and support the President’s decision, and 31% say they just don’t know. Republicans say they have heard more about the agreement than have Democrats and Independents.

Among registered Democrats, 60% say the deal was vital to national security, 11% approve of Trump’s action, and 29% don’t know.

And among registered Independents, 32% support withdrawal, 39% support the deal, and 29% don’t know.

Overall, 26%of respondents say the U.S.A. should withdraw; 36% say it shouldn’t, and 37% just don’t know.

The poll suggests a certain amount of hope for the future with Iran: Fully 35% believe the United States can negotiate a better agreement with the country many regard as an enemy, but more than one-quarter disagree.

Research contact: kfrankovic@yahoo.com

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