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As Benefits From Nuclear Deal Fall Short of Iranian Public's Expectations, Ahmadinejad Closes in on Rouhani for Next Presidential Election

Overwhelming Majorities See U.S. as Obstructing Sanctions Relief -
A year ago, when the nuclear deal was signed, 63 percent of Iranians said they expected tangible improvements in people’s living conditions within a year. However a new University of Maryland poll finds that now, a year later, three quarters (74%) of Iranians say there has been no improvement at all. Such perceptions appear to be hurting President Hassan Rouhani’s prospects for reelection a year from now. Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has closed the gap with Rouhani to just 8 points among likely voters in the next election, from a 27-point gap in May 2015. Read More | View Report |View Questionnaire

Iran Poll Shows Rouhani Comes Out of Election with Broad-Based Support

A new poll of Iranians finds that in the wake of the parliamentary election, Rouhani is in a strong position with the Iranian public. Sixty-three percent say they voted for candidates who support Rouhani, while just 22% say they voted for his critics. Rouhani’s support is not limited to voters who favored the Reformist group. Even among those who voted for the conservative Principlist group, 50% said they voted for pro-Rouhani candidates, as did 81% of pro-Reformist voters and 61% of voters for independents. Read More | View Report (PDF) |View Questionnaire (PDF)

Americans Not Sold on Defense Increase

President Barack Obama and leading Republican presidential candidates have called for increasing defense spending. However, given the opportunity to make their own defense budget, a majority of voters (61 percent) cut defense spending in a new in-depth survey released today by Voice Of the People. Not even a majority of Republicans made increases. In the survey, a representative sample of more than 7,000 registered voters across the country were first presented detailed, nonpartisan information and competing arguments about the current defense budget. Read More | View Report (PDF) |View Questionnaire (PDF)

GOP, Dem Changes to Federal Budget Slash Deficit $52 Billion

As the announcement of President Obama’s FY2017 budget draws near, a new, national survey finds majorities of Republicans and Democrats agreeing on cuts in spending and increases in revenues that would reduce the projected deficit by $52 billion. In the in-depth ‘Citizen Cabinet’ survey, respondents were presented the President’s FY 2016 budget and sources of general revenues, and then given the opportunity to propose their own federal budget. The probability-based online sample included nearly 7,000 registered voters, with subsamples for California, Florida, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia. The results were released today by Voice Of the People. Read More |View Report (PDF) |View Questionnaire (PDF)

What Americans (especially Evangelicals) think about Israel and the Middle East

A new poll shows that in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict overall, an overwhelming 77% of Evangelical Republicans want the United States to lean toward Israel as compared to 29% to Americans overall and 36% of non-Evangelical Republicans. In contrast 66% of all Americans and 60% of Non-Evangelical Republicans want the United States to lean toward neither side. The poll was sponsored by the Sadat Chair at the University of Maryland, and conducted in cooperation with the University’s Program for Public Consultation, and released at the Brookings Institution. Read More | Full Questionnaire with Results | Summary of Key Findings | Powerpoint Slide Presentation

Citizen Cabinet Survey: Bipartisan Majority Favors Giving US Postal Service More Freedom to Act Like a Business

On the heels of the news that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) posted a net loss of $5.1 billion for FY2015, a new survey of a representative panel of registered voters finds large bipartisan majorities recommend Congress should let USPS act more like a business in ways that would dramatically improve its financial position, according to the results of a Citizen Cabinet survey released by Voice Of the People. View Report (PDF) | View Press Release | View Questionnaire (PDF)

Negotiations with Iran: Views from a Red State, a Blue State and a Swing State

As the June 30 deadline for negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program approaches, a new survey conducted in a red state (Oklahoma), a blue state (Maryland) and a swing state (Virginia) finds large bipartisan majorities in all three support making a deal with Iran rather than pursuing more sanctions. View Press Release | Read Report (PDF) | View Questionnaire (PDF)

Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Negotiations

In a new survey of the Iranian public, a solid majority of Iranians support their government pursuing a deal with the P5+1 on Iran’s nuclear program. However, most assume that the United States would lift all of its sanctions on Iran, and the majority say that unless the United States agrees to remove all of its sanctions, Iran should not agree to a deal. The data for this study was collected by two independent survey research organizations: the University of Tehran Center for Public Opinion Research (UTCPOR), which collected majority of the data calling respondents from Tehran, and IranPoll.com, an independent Toronto-based opinion research firm, which conducted a portion of the study’s interviews from Canada. Read More | Download Report (PDF)

Ukraine Poll: Majorities Do Not Want to Move Closer to EU or Russia

A pivotal issue in the current conflict in Ukraine is whether it will move closer to the EU or Russia. The results of a new survey of Ukrainians – to be presented today at an event at the United States Institute of Peace – show that majorities do not support moving closer to the EU or to Russia. While more favor moving closer to the EU than favor moving closer to Russia, less than half – 47 percent – favor moving toward the EU. In all regions half or more say they can tolerate taking a neutral position. Majorities in all regions, including the East, favor maintaining the unity of the country. View Press Release | Read Report (PDF) | View Questionnaire (PDF) | View C-SPAN Coverage

Iran Nuclear Deal Backed by Large Majority of Americans

Negotiations over a proposed deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program are coming to a head while a new study finds a clear majority of Americans – 61 percent – support an agreement that would limit Iran’s enrichment capacity and impose additional intrusive inspections in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions. This included 61 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents. The alternative option, being promoted by some members of Congress, calls for ending the current negotiations, and increasing sanctions in an effort to get Iran to stop all uranium enrichment. This approach was recommended by 36 percent. View Press Release | Read Report (PDF) | View Questionnaire (PDF)

Iranian Public Ready to Make a Nuclear Deal, But Finds Some Demands Unacceptable

A new survey of the Iranian public released September 2014 finds that the majority of Iranians would support their government making a deal on Iranís nuclear program that includes some key steps sought by P5+1 countries. Large majorities, however, deem some possible demands, such as dismantling half of Iranís centrifuges, to be unacceptable. Also, there are widespread concerns that even if the United States makes a deal, it will not follow through and lift sanctions, but will find some other reason to keep them in place. View Press Release (PDF) | Read Report (PDF) | View Questionnaire (PDF)

New Study Finds People in Red and Blue Districts Largely Agree on What Government Should Do

A new study conducted by the Program for Public Consultation and released July 2 by Voice Of the People finds remarkably little difference between the views of people who live in red (Republican) districts or states, and those who live in blue (Democratic) districts or states on questions about what policies the government should pursue. The study analyzed 388 questions asking what the government should do in regard to a wide range of policy issues and found that that most people living in red districts/states disagreed with most people in blue districts/states on only four percent of the questions. Read More

Book by Steven Kull: Feeling Betrayed: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America

Though it has been nearly a decade since the attacks of September 11, the threat of terrorism emanating from the Muslim world has not subsided. U.S. troops fight against radical Islamists overseas, and on a daily basis, Americans pass through body scanners as part of the effort to defend against another attack. Naturally, many Americans wonder what is occurring in Muslim society that breeds such hostility toward the United States.

Steven Kull, a political psychologist and acknowledged authority on international public opinion, has sought to understand more deeply how Muslims see America. How widespread is hostility toward the United States in the Muslim world? And what are its roots? How much support is there for radical groups that attack Americans, and why?

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February 21, 2012 NPR segment titled "Defense Cuts May No Longer Be Political Sacred Cow" which extensively references the May 2012 Program for Public Consultation Defense Budget study.