WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans want the Trump administration to keep the Iran nuclear deal, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday by Morning Consult and Politico. The poll, which included online interviews with close to 2,000 Americans registered to vote, showed that 56 percent of them expressed support for the deal, while 26 percent expressed opposition to it. The pollsters described these numbers as a "record high" in support of the deal, and a "record low" in opposition to it.
The question about the Iran deal was one of dozens of questions on politics and policy included in the survey. The pollsters had included such a question in previous polls ever since 2015, and at no point since then did a similar percentage of respondents express support for the deal. The poll was conducted between April 26th and May 1st. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a televised speech against the deal last Monday.
The poll also showed clear partisan differences with regards to the Iran deal. While 68 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Independents expressed support for it, only 46 percent of Republicans held a similar position. Still, the level of support for the deal among Republican respondents could be considered high, in light of how the Republican Party's leadership - including U.S. President Donald Trump - has consistently criticized it. Trump stated just last week that the deal is a "disaster" and that it "never should have been signed."
Trump will have to make a final decision on the deal's fate within nine days: on May 12th, he will have to either certify before Congress that Iran has honored its commitments under the agreement, or choose not to do so, thus ending America's commitment to the international agreement. European leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have urged him not to withdraw from the agreement, warning that there was no sufficient alternative to it.