Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal reached last year are accusing the Obama administration of paying a secret ransom to Iran after it was revealed that the United States sent $400 million in cash on the same day four U.S. detainees were released by the Iranian government. The president denies the ransom allegations, saying the payment was related to an older dispute, but most voters continue to express pessimism about the nuclear deal.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters still think Iran is unlikely to slow or stop its development of nuclear weapons as a result of the agreement that ends some economic sanctions on that country. This includes 28% who say it’s Not At All Likely, although that’s down slightly from 33% who felt that way in March of last year as details of the deal began to emerge. Thirty-four percent (34%) believe Iran is likely to honor the deal, but that includes only 12% who consider it Very Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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