Only %35 of Americans Agree with Trump’s Withdrawal from JCPOA

Only 35 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll.

When half the people polled were simply asked what they thought of “the international nuclear deal with Iran,” one-third of respondents approved, and 32 percent were unsure.

The other half of respondents was asked a slightly more descriptive question about “the international nuclear deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.” Those respondents said they approved of the deal by a 10-percentage-point margin, 39 percent to 29 percent, with one-third unsure.

 However, that variation pales in comparison to that in other surveys conducted the week before Trump announced the US withdrawal from the deal.

A CNN/SSRS poll stated, “the United States and five other countries entered an agreement with Iran aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons,” and then asked respondents their opinions of the deal. They said by a 34-point margin that the US should not withdraw from the agreement.

How surveys are worded, of course, always matters--but that’s especially true when pollsters ask people to weigh in on issues they may not have given much thought to previously.