Americans disapprove of the November deal signed in Geneva between Iran and the United States in which Tehran agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for $7 billion in sanctions relief, The Pew Research Center reported
did not ask if respondents believed Iran was pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
Some 32 percent of those surveyed supported the deal, while 25 percent had no opinion. Of those who heard about the deal, 62 percent did not trust Iran's intentions while 29 percent said its leaders were sincere.
Conservative Republicans were far more distrusting of Iranian intentions than liberal Democrats by a 64 to 13 percent margin. Overall, 50 percent of Democrats versus 14 percent of Republicans backed the deal.
There was no majority support for the agreement among any demographic group though the more formal education a respondent had the more likely they were to think it was a good outcome.
Meanwhile, Wall Street Journal
international affairs columnist Bret Stephens writes that Obama administration policy is containment not prevention of a nuclear-armed Iran.
During his January confirmation hearing as secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel let slip that the Obama administration's policy on Iran is containment.
Hagel then corrected himself. "I've just been handed a note that misspoke and said I supported the president's position on containment. If I said that, it — meant to say that I obviously — his position on containment — we don't have a position on containment, so — I recognize I've had more attention paid to my words the last eight weeks than I ever thought possible."
Stephen concludes, "The media played it as a stumble by an intellectually overmatched nominee. But it wasn't a stumble. It was a gaffe —an accidental, embarrassing act of Washington truth telling — by a guy who doesn't do insincerity nearly as well as his boss."
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