Poll shows 58% of Americans back framework agreement with Iran

A clear majority of Americans support a framework agreement between the P5+1 group of countries and Iran over its nuclear energy program, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll, released on Monday, shows about 58 percent of American voters back the outline of a final agreement, which would lift all international sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic in exchange for certain steps Tehran will take with regard to its nuclear program.

Iran and P5+1 – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – reached a framework understanding on Tehran’s nuclear program on April 2 in Switzerland. The two sides are expected to start drafting a final deal which they seek to sign by the end of June.

A framework agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group in Switzerland on April 2. (AFP Photo)

According to the poll, which was conducted between April 16 and 21, American voters overwhelmingly backed the nuclear deal being put to a vote in the Republican-dominated Congress.

Only 33 percent of voters in the United States opposed the nuclear accord with Iran, which is far less than the number of people who voted for the Republican Party. It shows that even Republican voters are backing the deal.

From left: British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrive prior to the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks on April 2, 2015 at the Swiss city of Lausanne. (AFP photo)

Forty-seven Republican senators, including several potential 2016 presidential candidates, sent an open letter to Iran’s leaders in March, warning that whatever agreement reached with the Obama administration would be a “mere executive agreement” and that Congress could ultimately walk away from any deal with Tehran upon review.

The White House has denounced the GOP letter as an “unprecedented” and “calculated” attempt to interfere with the Iran nuclear talks.

About 77 percent of voters said they wanted to see a negotiated settlement to the Iranian nuclear issue rather than military intervention.

Some Republicans, such as Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton, have called on the United States to bomb Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

By Press TV