Posted by Meredith Pahowka on June 22, 2015 in Blog
In May 2015, AAI President Jim Zogby and Zogby Research Services (ZRS) conducted a set of polls that explored the attitudes and views of Iranian Americans, and also surveyed the general public on the recent nuclear negotiations and broader U.S.-Iran relations. ZRS conducted these polls for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans’ (PAAIA) 2015 National Public Opinion Survey. PAAIA then hosted a congressional briefing to release the results of the survey. You can download the poll here (pdf).
The ZRS polls found that the Iranian American community’s top issue in U.S.-Iran relations is the promotion of human rights and democracy. The polls also reveal that the Iranian American community has retained strong ties to family members in Iran, and as a result they are supportive of efforts to resolve the nuclear impasse peacefully. Iranian Americans are responsive to efforts that would facilitate greater understanding between peoples of U.S. and Iran.
ZRS discovered that 64% of Iranian American respondents approve of the P5 + 1 framework agreement, while 41% of Americans are overall supportive. Both Iranian Americans and the American public at large support congressional approval and oversight of a deal. As the P5 + 1 negotiations deadlines nears this June, the ZRS polls provide an insight into what is most important to Iranian Americans, and what their hopes are for the outcome of the nuclear negotiations.