- The Washington Times - Monday, September 30, 2013

Three-quarters of Americans say they want direct diplomatic negotiations with Iran in an effort to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, a CNN/ORC International poll reported on Monday.

By contrast, one in five Americans said they opposed negotiations with Iran, CNN said.

“Large majorities in all major demographic categories favor negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program, including 87% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans. This is nothing new for the U.S. public — in 2009, virtually the same number of Americans said they favored negotiations with Iran,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland pointed out in the CNN report.

President Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani spoke by telephone on Friday, the first direct communication between the leaders of U.S. and Iran since the Carter administration.

Meanwhile, Iran has reportedly increased its cyberattacks on the U.S. Navy as of Sept. 15, just before a planned upgrade, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

About 803 adults nationwide were interviewed by telephone Sept. 27-29 for the poll, conducted by ORC International, CNN reported.

The overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, CNN said.

• Maria Stainer can be reached at mstainer@washingtontimes.com.

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