- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Most Americans, including 55 percent of independents, said Congress should reject the recently brokered deal on Iran’s nuclear program, a new poll said Tuesday morning.

Overall, 52 percent said Congress should reject the deal and 44 percent said it should be approved, according to results from the CNN/ORC poll.

Sixty-six percent of Republicans said the deal should be rejected, while 61 percent of Democrats said it should be approved. A CNN/ORC poll conducted in late June found that two-thirds of adults thought it was unlikely the negotiations would produce an agreement that would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Fifty-three percent of people ages 18-34 said it should be approved, while 56 percent of people age 35 or older said it should be rejected.

President Obama’s overall approval rating was 49 percent in the poll, with 47 percent disapproving.

On another subject, 41 percent of Americans said the economy was in good shape, compared to 59 percent who described it as poor. In April, 52 percent had said it was in good shape.

Among Democrats, 58 percent said the economy was good, but that’s down from 76 percent in April who said it was very or somewhat good. The percentage describing the economy as good also declined 10 points among independents to 37 percent and 3 points among Republicans to 28 percent.

Among people ages 18-34, the percentage who think the economy is in good shape fell 17 points to 38 percent.

Overall, 49 percent said they are doing better now than they were three years ago, just ahead of Mr. Obama’s re-election, compared to 38 percent who said their personal situation hasn’t improved. In September 2011, 32 percent had said they were better off than they were three years earlier and 58 percent said they were not.

The survey of 1,017 adults was taken July 22-25 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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