October 20, 2009

Talk with Iran

63%

More than six-in-ten Americans approve of the U.S. negotiating directly with Iran over the issue of its nuclear program.

While it has been the subject of divisive political debates, talking directly with Iran about its nuclear program is supported across the political spectrum. More than six-in-ten Americans (63%) support direct negotiations with Iran, with equal measures of support from Republicans (63%), Democrats (64%) and political independents (64%). Only 28% of Americans disapprove of direct negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. But while Americans favor engagement, few (22%) believe that direct negotiations will work in getting Iran to give up its nuclear program. Fully 56% say negotiations will not work. And on the efficacy of talks, a partisan difference emerges. While a plurality of Democrats do not believe talks with Iran will work (47%), far more Republicans (81%) and independents (70%) doubt that negotiations will get Iran to give up its nuclear program. Read More