The US and Iran just struck a nuclear deal, but the numbers suggest most Americans are still pretty skeptical

Published July 22nd, 2015 - 09:19 GMT
Not everyone's happy about the new relations between the Islamic Republic and America. (AFP/File)
Not everyone's happy about the new relations between the Islamic Republic and America. (AFP/File)

It's been just over a week since the US and world powers reached a pivotal nuclear agreement with Iran, ending economically-crippling sactions for the Islamic Republic and opening a pivotal dialogue the two countries haven't shared in decades. But not everyone's happy about it.

According to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, a majority of surveyed Americans are skeptical of the historical deal, with some 48 percent of the 78 percent of Americans who have heard of the agreement, disagree with it.

The study surveyed 2,002 adults from the deal's first unveiling on July 14 until July 20. Among them, 1,672 weighed in on the subject. (Perhaps more worrying was the 14 percent of Americans who reported they either didn't know about or had no opinion on the deal. Yikes.)

Check out the Pew's chart below. 

Negative Views of Iran Agreement Among Those Aware of Deal


As they have since the beginning, American Republicans have been leading the attack on the deal. And now that it's been finalized, they've ramped up their efforts.

As Vox reports, presidential hopeful Scott Walker said he just might order airstrikes on Iran if he makes it to office. US Senator Tex Cruz and fellow Republican runner warned the deal could make the US government become "one of the leading funders of international terrorism." And that's just naming some of the more dramatic responses.

But since it's always nice to have numbers attached to the things we already knew, the Pew's study also picked up on the (very loud) grumbling from conservatives. Of those who gave an opinion, an overwhelming 82 percent of Americans who identified as convervative Republicans were opposed. Check out the rest below. 


Wide Partisan Divide Over Iran Deal


Despite the threats from conservative politicians, blocking Obama's deal would actually be pretty tough. To do it, the Republicans would need to win a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate, meaning 44 Democrats from the House and 13 from the Senate would need to agree.

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