Polling on Iran Deal Shows Americans Prefer Diplomacy, Not War

Americans prefer diplomacy to war by an overwhelming 2 to 1 margin, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published Tuesday which focused its questions around the recent nuclear deal struck between Iran, the U.S. and the other P5+1 nations.

According to Reuters, 44 percent of those polled in the U.S. were in favor of the diplomatic resolution, with only 22 percent opposed to the deal in which six world powers including the U.S. agreed to see a portion of crippling sanctions against Iran lifted in exchange for a reduction of uranium enrichment and closer monitoring of the country’s nuclear energy program.

Despite noted shortcomings, foreign policy analysts, experts and progressives widely came out in support of the deal,  with many calling it a ‘historic’ boost for peace in the region despite continued threats from Israel to act against Iran unilaterally.

In addition, according to the poll, if the deal falls apart before a final agreement can be made only 20 percent want U.S. military force to be used against Iran, while 31 percent favor further diplomacy and 49 percent said the U.S. should then increase sanctions.