Americans overwhelmingly distrust the Iranian regime and want stricter sanctions to be imposed during negotiations over the country's nuclear program according to a new poll released Wednesday.
The poll, conducted among 900 Americans by Luntz Global, found a huge majority of both Republican and Democratic respondents want stiffer sanctions imposed on Iran. The finding comes just as US President Barack Obama's administration reportedly has "killed" new sanctions against Iran from being passed in the Senate.
Obama's move is in contradiction to the public will expressed in the poll, which revealed 77% of Americans support the ongoing 6 month negotiations "while imposing sanctions and increas[ing] financial pressure and sanctions." In fact, only 14% said they would vote for a senator that would reduce pressure on Iran during negotiations.
Furthermore, the poll discovered that there is deep-seated distrust over the intentions of the Iranian regime. Only 7% trust the Iranian claim that their nuclear program is peaceful.
Moreover, 86% of voters think Iran will break its promises during the negotiations, and 84% think Iran is manipulating negotiations to stall "as they continue to develop their ability to make nuclear weapons."
While Iran has received an easing on sanctions already, there is still no precise date as to when Iran's agreed freezing of its nuclear program during the 6 month negotiations will begin.
In late November Reza Najafi, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, said implementation would begin "at the end of December or the beginning of January." However, earlier that week a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton admitted that the implementation date "has yet to be decided."
As far as the scope of what Iran should be allowed, 86% felt Iran should be prohibited from possessing uranium enrichment capabilities. This last position mirrors the opinion of several US senators, as well as that of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, which he reiterated on Monday, that a nuclear deal must dismantle Iran's nuclear program, including enrichment.