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Majority of Americans support Iran nuclear accord: Poll

2 September 2015 9:16


A majority of Americans want US lawmakers in Congress to approve the nuclear agreement with Iran, a new survey has found.

According to the survey from the University of Maryland released on Tuesday, 55 percent of respondents said Congress should uphold the nuclear accord.

Meanwhile, 23 percent recommended ramping up sanctions, 14 percent think the US should renegotiate the deal, and 7 percent favor using the threat of military force, the poll found.

On Tuesday, two more Democratic senators publicly voiced support for the nuclear agreement, bringing the total number of senators who favor the deal to 33, just one vote short of mustering enough support to protect the deal in the Republican-led Congress.

Senators Bob Casey and Chris Coons were the 32nd and the 33rd senators to express support for the accord, reached between Iran and P5+1 — the US, Britain, Russia, China, France, and Germany — in mid-July.

Congress is reviewing the nuclear agreement and has until September 17 to vote to either approve or disapprove of it.

Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, almost unanimously oppose the agreement because they say it gives too many concessions to Iran and threatens the security of Israel, a major US ally in the Middle East.

However, US President Barack Obama says he is confident that the nuclear accord will go forward despite opposition from congressional Republicans.

Political analysts do not believe there will be enough votes to override Obama’s veto of a congressional resolution against the deal.

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