2-to-1 Support Proves Iran Deal Is a Big Deal for Americans

Americans are also wary of military action against Iran, even if diplomatic efforts fall through

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American support the newly-brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

The survey shows 44 percent of Americans support the interim deal with Iran announced in Geneva on Sunday morning, while 22 percent oppose the agreement. The survey, which was conducted Sunday through Tuesday, has a credibility interval of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

The poll also revealed that if the interim deal fails to lead to a permanent accord in six months, 49 percent want the U.S. to increase sanctions and 31 percent support further diplomacy, while only 20 percent favor military action against the Islamic Republic. But half of those surveyed agreed that the U.S. should “use its military power to defend Israel against threats to its security, no matter where they come from,” while 31 percent disagreed with that statement.

The poll is a rare set of positive numbers for President Obama in recent weeks. His approval rating has slipped in several recent polls, mostly due to the botched rollout of the healthcare law.