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Iran Poll: Americans, even pro-Israel supporters, back deal

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Most Americans still want to hear more about the Obama administration's deal with Iran to lift sanctions in return for nuclear concessions, but those aware of the pending agreement support it by a wide margin, according to a new poll.

In a strong show of support for the president, a new poll from Americans United for Change found that voters favor the deal 63 percent to 25 percent. Support is seen across all ideological lines in the Hart Research Associates poll. Even pro-Israel supporters back the deal 48 percent to 40 percent.

Many Republicans and some notable Democrats oppose the deal, claiming that the administration is giving more economic breaks to Iran than the terrorist state is offering Washington. Several pro-Israel lawmakers have echoed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning that Iran can’t be trusted.

But the poll provided to Secrets found that those who identify as “strongly pro-Israel” don’t have those concerns.

The president is working hard to win support for the deal that is the first real negotiation with Tehran since the release of American hostages in 1981 after being held for 444 days. The deal is the product of Secretary of State John Kerry’s non-stop air diplomacy and a bid by Iran’s new president to make moves to end the West’s trade embargo on Iran over its effort build a nuclear weapon.

Other key findings:

-- Most want Congress to monitor the agreement, not undermine it. The margin is 68 percent to 21 percent.

-- By a margin of 52 percent to 27 percent, most voters polled oppose military action against Iraq to destroy its nuclear development program.

-- And most by a margin of 46 percent to 31 percent oppose adding new sanctions now to Iran, a bow to letting the negotiations take their course.

“In short, voters overwhelmingly believe Congress should closely monitor how the Iran nuclear agreement is being implemented and Iran’s compliance, but it should not take any action that would block the agreement or undermine the negotiations,” said Americans United for Change.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.