A change of perspective by US citizens on Iran

A change of perspective by US citizens on Iran
ID : N-1348 Date : 2018/02/26 - 11:48

(Persia Digest) – While 32% of people in the US had declared Iran to be their biggest enemy in 2012, only 7% still hold such a view in 2018.

As reported by Persia Digest, a recent poll conducted by Gallup has asked the opinion of Americans about their country’s biggest enemy. The poll indicates that Americans believe North Korea, Russia, and China are respectively their biggest enemies in the world.

The report says that, while 14% of participants in the February 2016 poll named Iran as the biggest US enemy, this figure has dropped to 7% in February 2018. Interestingly, this figure was around 31% in 2006 and 32% in 2012, indicating that Americans saw Iran even as a bigger enemy than China and Russia.

Certain analysts believe that the election of President Hassan Rouhani in Iran as a moderate on the one hand, and the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, officially known as the JCPOA, on the other, have played a part in improving the view held by Americans on Iran.

The 2015 nuclear agreement was signed between Iran and the P5+1, which are the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. It imposes certain restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. Presently, Donald Trump is seeking to abrogate and exit an agreement which is endorsed by a UN resolution.

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