The U.S. and other global powers announced that they've set the "parameters" of a nuclear deal with Iran. But Americans don't trust Tehran, with a bipartisan majority saying that Congress should have to approve any agreement, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.
Under the framework, Iran would reduce the number of installed centrifuges by two thirds, with the rest going into storage. The country would not highly enrich uranium for 15 years and slash its low-enriched uranium stockpile by 97%.
The International Atomic Energy Agency will have access to all sites. Once the U.N. watchdog has confirmed Iran's compliance, the U.S. and Europe would suspend crippling sanctions. Iran would face restrictions over 25 years, mostly in the first decade.
The six powers — the U.S., France, the U.K., China, Russia and Germany — want a final accord with Iran by June 30.
"We have achieved the framework for that deal, and it is a good deal," President Obama said Thursday, seeking to allay concerns Iran could still develop nukes. "Even if it violated the deal, for the next decade at least, Iran would be at minimum a year away" from a nuclear bomb, he assured.
Iran Will Cheat: Poll
But Obama faces deep skepticism from Israel, Congress and the American people.
By a 62% to 30% margin in the IBD/TIPP Poll of 900 adults completed Wednesday, Americans don't believe Iran would keep its side of any nuclear bargain. Half of Democrats expect the Islamic regime to keep its word vs. just 12% of Republicans and 27% of independents.
"One thing is very clear: People are really skeptical of a deal with Iran," said Raghavan Mayur, president of Technometrica, IBD's polling partner.
Obama won't submit any nuclear deal to Congress, defying a majority of Americans from across the political spectrum. Overall, 58% say lawmakers should vote on the deal vs. 35% who do not. That includes 54% of both Democrats and Republicans, along with 67% of independents.
As Obama touted the "historic understanding," 46% of Americans say the president is focusing on his legacy while ignoring Iran's growing influence in the Mideast, vs. 44% who disagree. Not surprisingly, Americans are divided along partisan lines, with independents split too.
Meanwhile, U.S.-Israel relations have "significantly worsened" under President Obama, according to a 45% plurality. Some 40% say ties haven't changed, while 6% say they've "significantly improved."
Republicans and independents are far more likely to see a deterioration than Democrats.
Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a relationship of thinly veiled mutual distaste. Netanyahu has strongly opposed an Iran nuclear deal, making his case before Congress last month.
By 35%-26%, Americans have a positive view of Netanyahu, including 58% of Republicans. But 48% of Democrats and 58% of self-described liberals have an unfavorable view of him.
After Netanyahu's re-election in March, the White House signaled it may rethink ties with Israel.
But 46% of Americans say the U.S. should prioritize keeping and improving relations with Israel, while 40% say a two-state solution with the Palestinians should be the primary goal. Republicans favor the former, Democrats the latter.