- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2015

President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal may have won a veto-proof majority in the Senate, but it’s still losing the public-opinion battle, according to a poll released Thursday.

A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 50 percent of voters surveyed want their congressional representatives to vote against the deal, while 32 percent want to see Congress approve the seven-nation agreement with Iran, which exchanges a lifting of economic sanctions for cutbacks and inspections on Iran’s nuclear program.

The Rasmussen result is similar to that of a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showing that 55 percent oppose the deal and 25 percent support it.

The latest numbers indicate that the agreement is actually less popular now than when it was first announced. A Rasmussen poll released two days after the agreement was unveiled July 14 found that 39 percent favored the deal while 42 percent opposed it.

The Rasmussen survey also found that 66 percent of voters agree that “any agreement the Obama administration makes with Iran regarding the Iranian nuclear program” requires the approval of Congress, while 20 percent disagree and 14 percent are undecided.

The White House gained Wednesday the crucial 34th vote needed to prevent the Senate from overriding a presidential veto. Congress is expected to vote on the agreement later this month, while the president has said he will veto any resolution against it.

The Rasmussen survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on Aug. 25-26, with a sampling error of plus or minus percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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