Americans of both major political parties and all ideological persuasions are deeply worried about the threat posed by the mullahs in Iran and see Tehran as the most serious threat in the Middle East.
They also want the next U.S. administration to get far tougher against Tehran than previous ones have been.
More than 8-in-10 Americans believe that “the next president, whoever it is, should make containing the Iranian threat and strengthening U.S. power and influence in the Middle East one of his top priorities.”
That’s the finding of an exclusive new survey commissioned by ALL ARAB NEWS.
The poll findings were released after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on presumptive President-elect Joe Biden to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPA, the nuclear deal of which Biden was a co-architect.
“Now, an opportunity has come up for the next U.S. administration to compensate for past mistakes and return to the path of complying with international agreements through respect of international norms,” said Rouhani on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.
“The people of Iran, through their heroic resistance against the imposed economic war, proved that the U.S. maximum pressure policy was doomed to fail,” Rouhani said, blasting the policies of President Donald Trump who withdrew from the JCPOA and imposed harsh economic sanctions on the regime in Tehran.
Joe Biden, who has been declared the winner of the 2020 elections by several media outlets, has called Trump’s Iran policies a “dangerous failure.”
“If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations,” he wrote in a CNN editorial.
The ALL ARAB NEWS poll, surveying Americans who voted in the 2020 elections last week, asked respondents to evaluate the following statement:
“Of all the threats in the Middle East, I believe the Iranian regime poses the number one most serious national security threat to the United States, to Israel and to our Arab allies, because of its determined pursuit of nuclear weapons, its development and deployment of long-range ballistic missiles, its efforts to destabilize American allies, and its on-going pattern of arming, training and funding terrorist organizations. The next president, whoever it is, should make containing the Iranian threat and strengthening U.S. power and influence in the Middle East one of his top foreign policy priorities.”
A stunning 83 percent of Americans agreed with this statement.
Only 16 percent disagreed.
The rest – a very small number – said they “did not know.”
Of those who voted for former Vice President Joe Biden, 75 percent agreed.
Fully 92 percent of President Trump’s voters agreed.
WHAT LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES?
Interestingly, fears about the Iranian regime – and an insistence that the next president get tougher on Tehran – spanned the ideological spectrum.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, 88 percent of self-described “conservatives” are worried about Iran.
But so are 75 percent of “liberals” and 84 percent of “moderates.”
WHAT DO AMERICANS OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS THINK?
Such concerns also span the religious spectrum.
- 87 percent of Protestant Christians see Iran as the Number One threat
- So do 88 percent of Catholics
- 88 percent of American Jews
- And 78 percent of American Muslims
- Atheists were the least concerned – only 62 percent agreed with the statement
- But 80 percent of agnostics agreed.
White, “born again,” Evangelical Christians registered the most concern – 89 percent agreed with the statement.
WHAT DO AMERICANS OF DIFFERENT RACES THINK?
Our exclusive exit poll also found tremendous unity between various racial groups on the Iran issue.
- 83 percent of Hispanic Americans are worried about the Iran threat
- So are 76 percent of African Americans
- 71 percent of Asian Americans
- And 86 percent of white Americans
The survey was conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, a respected American polling firm, between Nov. 1-4, 2020, of 1,000 actual U.S. voters.
The margin of error was +/- 3.1 percent with a 95 percent confidence interval.
The company is run by John McLaughlin, which has conducted polling for a wide range of companies and political leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump.