|Majority of U.S. citizens support Iran nuclear deal: AP-GfK poll||
TEHRAN – A majority of Americans support an agreement by the U.S. and five other world powers over Iran’s nuclear program, according to a recent Associated Press-GfK poll.
The five-day survey, conducted January 17-21, was ongoing as the interim agreement went into effect.
An interim deal between Iran and world powers, reached in Geneva last November, came into force on January 20. This granted Iran a limited easing of the sanctions in return for temporary constraints on its uranium enrichment and nuclear development.
The poll indicated that 60 percent of American adults approve of the six-month agreement.
"From a diplomatic standpoint, it would be great to be able to negotiate and come up with a solution…," respondent Lance Hughey, 40, a lawyer from LaCrosse, Wis., said Monday.
Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to talk directly with an Iranian leader since 1979, when the Iranian Revolution toppled the pro-U.S. shah. Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke briefly by phone in late September, and opened the way for meetings and negotiations between U.S. and Iranian diplomats.
But the Obama administration has come under fire from lawmakers who say the tough trade and financial sanctions should not be eased until Iran agrees to all demands.
Iran has denied it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.
The next round of negotiations with Iran is expected to be held in New York next month. The U.S. and its negotiating partners — Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia — will be seeking a long-term agreement with Iran over its nuclear activities.
The AP-GfK poll was conducted using KnowledgePanel, GfK's probability-based online panel. It involved online interviews with 1,060 adults. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points for all respondents. Those respondents who did not have Internet access before joining the panel were provided it for free.
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