August 3, 2015 - American Voters Oppose Iran Deal 2-1, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Pope's Climate Change Message Gets Huge Support Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters oppose 57 - 28 percent, with only lukewarm support from Democrats and overwhelming opposition for Republicans and independent voters, the nuclear pact negotiated with Iran, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Voters say 58 - 30 percent the nuclear pact will make the world less safe, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Opposing the Iran deal are Republicans 86 - 3 percent and independent voters 55 - 29 percent, while Democrats support it 52 - 32 percent. There is little gender gap as men oppose the deal 59 - 30 percent and women oppose it 56 - 27 percent.

American voters agree 65 - 27 percent with Pope Francis' call for action to address climate change. Support is 84 - 9 percent among Democrats and 67 - 27 percent among independent voters. Republicans disagree with the Pope 48 - 40 percent. Men agree with the Pope 62 - 32 percent and women agree 68 - 22 percent.

Climate change is not a moral issue, voters say 49 - 44 percent, but it is caused by human activity voters say 68 - 27 percent. Again, there are partisan divides as Republicans say 77 - 18 percent that climate change is not a moral issue. Republicans are divided 46 - 46 percent on whether climate change is caused by human activity.

"There's not a lot of love for the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Only a bare majority of Democrats support the pact," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Pope Francis is doing much better with his call for action on climate change. Voters say the Pope got it right: Climate change is a problem. And it's our fault. But does humanity's damage to mother earth have its roots in moral failure? On that claim by the Pope, it's a nope."

Illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and apply for citizenship, 55 percent of American voters say. Another 9 percent say immigrants should be allowed to stay, but not seek citizenship, and 32 percent say immigrants should be required to leave the U.S.

While 76 percent of Democrats say illegal immigrants should stay and seek citizenship, 49 percent of Republicans say they should be required to leave. Same-Sex Marriage

American voters support 53 - 40 percent allowing same-sex couples to marry and support 53 - 44 percent the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Voters oppose 56 - 39 percent a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same sex marriage.

Businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians, U.S. voters say 65 - 30 percent. Even when a business owner cites religious beliefs, he/she should not be allowed to refuse service, voters say 52 - 42 percent.

American voters disapprove 52 - 43 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, compared to a 50 - 43 percent disapproval in a Jun 1 Quinnipiac University poll.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress each get one of their worst approval ratings ever as voters disapprove 75 - 17 percent of the job Republicans are doing and disapprove 63 - 29 percent of the job Democrats are doing.

"These ratings for Republicans and Democrats in Congress have to sting even the thick skins of Capitol Hill," Malloy said.

"It's like having a single-digit batting average and booting every ground ball that comes your way.

"Team Congress could well be on the trading block."

From July 23 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,644 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              43%     4%    82%    39%    37%    48%
Disapprove           52     94     14     54     57     47
DK/NA                 5      2      4      6      5      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (* High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Apr 27  Mar 04  Nov 25  Jun 04  Dec 10
                     2015    2015    2015    2015    2014    2009*   2013
 
Approve              43      43      44      41      39      59      38
Disapprove           52      50      49      52      54      31      57
DK/NA                 5       7       7       7       8      10       6
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              17%    35%     8%    14%    17%    16%
Disapprove           75     56     88     78     78     73
DK/NA                 8      9      4      8      5     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (* High also 34% Mar 3 2011, Mar 2010, ** Low also 17% Jun 2015, Jan 2014, Oct 2013)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Apr 27  Mar 04  Nov 26  Mar 31  Aug 03
                     2015    2015    2015    2015    2014    2011*   2015**
 
Approve              17      17      22      22      23      34      17
Disapprove           75      73      69      69      69      55      75
DK/NA                 8      10       9       9       8      11       8
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              29%     7%    63%    22%    25%    33%
Disapprove           63     90     32     69     69     58
DK/NA                 7      3      5      9      6      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (* Low also 24% Nov 2011, Oct 2011, Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Apr 27  Mar 04  Nov 26  Mar 04  Nov 26
                     2015    2015    2015    2015    2014    2009    2014*
 
Approve              29      30      30      28      24      45      24
Disapprove           63      61      61      62      67      45      67
DK/NA                 7       9       9      10       9      10       9
 
 
10. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     3%     2%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      25      7     48     20     23     26
Smwht dissatisfied   31     23     35     34     32     30
Very dissatisfied    42     68     13     44     42     42
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Apr 27  Mar 04  Nov 25  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2015    2015    2015    2015    2014    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       2       2       2       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      25      26      28      29      23      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   31      32      32      33      32      19      38
Very dissatisfied    42      39      37      35      42      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
44. Who do you trust more to make decisions that are good for the country, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Obama                43%     2%    85%    39%    38%    48%
Reps in Congress     45     92      7     44     49     40
DK/NA                13      6      7     17     13     12
 
TREND: Who do you trust more to make decisions that are good for the country, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Apr 27  Mar 04  Nov 25
                     2015    2015    2015    2015    2014
 
Obama                43      45      45      42      42
Reps in Congress     45      43      43      47      47
DK/NA                13      12      13      11      12
 
 
45. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              44%     8%    79%    44%    40%    48%
Disapprove           53     91     19     53     58     49
DK/NA                 3      1      2      4      2      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Apr 27  Mar 04  Jul 02  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2015    2015    2015    2015    2014    2009    2011*
 
Approve              44      46      45      44      40      57      32
Disapprove           53      50      50      50      55      33      64
DK/NA                 3       4       5       6       4      10       4
 
 
46. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              39%     4%    77%    36%    35%    43%
Disapprove           55     94     17     58     61     50
DK/NA                 5      3      6      5      4      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Apr 27  Mar 04  Jul 02  Apr 29  Mar 04
                     2015    2015    2015    2015    2014    2009    2015
 
Approve              39      38      39      35      37      57      35
Disapprove           55      56      53      55      57      32      55
DK/NA                 5       6       8      10       6      11      10
 
 
47. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Iran?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              35%     3%    67%    34%    32%    38%
Disapprove           56     93     23     55     61     51
DK/NA                 9      4     10     10      7     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iran?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Apr 27  Jan 22  Dec 10  Oct 01  Oct 01  Aug 03
                     2015    2015    2014    2013    2013    2013    2015
 
Approve              35      37      39      40      48      48      35
Disapprove           56      52      47      48      40      40      56
DK/NA                 9      10      14      12      12      12       9
 
 
67. Do you support or oppose the nuclear deal with Iran?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              28%     3%    52%    29%    30%    27%
Oppose               57     86     32     55     58     56
DK/NA                15     11     16     16     13     17
 
 
68. Do you think the nuclear deal with Iran would make the world safer or less safe?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Safer                30%     4%    54%    30%    30%    29%
Less safe            58     87     32     58     59     56
DK/NA                12      9     14     12     10     15
 
 
69. Do you think the federal government should or should not pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Should               61%    35%    88%    59%    58%    63%
Should not           32     57      7     34     36     28
DK/NA                 7      8      6      6      6      9
 
 
70. Do you support or oppose increasing taxes on higher income earners to reduce the amount of taxes paid by the middle class?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              60%    31%    86%    59%    54%    65%
Oppose               36     65     12     36     42     32
DK/NA                 4      4      1      5      4      4
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose increasing taxes on higher income earners to reduce the amount of taxes paid by the middle class?
                     Aug 03  Mar 04
                     2015    2015
 
Support              60      58
Oppose               36      35
DK/NA                 4       6
 
 
71. Do you support or oppose allowing same-sex couples to get married?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              53%    26%    70%    59%    49%    57%
Oppose               40     67     26     32     41     38
DK/NA                 7      7      4      9      9      5
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose allowing same-sex couples to get married?
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Apr 27
                     2015    2015    2015
 
Support              53      56      58
Oppose               40      36      34
DK/NA                 7       8       8
 
 
72. As you may know, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages should be legal in all fifty states. Do you support or oppose this ruling?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              53%    23%    73%    57%    49%    56%
Oppose               44     74     25     38     47     41
DK/NA                 3      3      2      4      4      3
 
 
73. Would you support or oppose a constitutional amendment that would allow states to ban same-sex marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              39%    63%    24%    32%    41%    36%
Oppose               56     30     73     63     54     58
DK/NA                 5      6      3      5      5      5
 
 
74. Do you think businesses should or should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Should be allowed    30%    49%    15%    29%    32%    28%
Should not           65     44     84     68     63     67
DK/NA                 5      7      2      4      4      5
 
TREND: Do you think businesses should or should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians?
                     Aug 03  Apr 27
                     2015    2015
 
Should be allowed    30      26
Should not           65      69
DK/NA                 5       5
 
 
75. What if the business says homosexuality violates its owners' religious beliefs; in that case do you think the business should or should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Should be allowed    42%    66%    21%    42%    44%    40%
Should not           52     27     75     53     51     53
DK/NA                 5      7      4      4      5      6
 
TREND: What if the business says homosexuality violates its owners' religious beliefs; in that case do you think the business should or should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians?
                     Aug 03  Apr 27
                     2015    2015
 
Should be allowed    42      35
Should not           52      58
DK/NA                 5       7
 
 
76. Do you support or oppose the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              43%     6%    77%    42%    40%    46%
Oppose               52     89     18     54     56     48
DK/NA                 5      5      6      4      4      6
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?
                                                             SUPPORT.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Nov 25  Jul 02  Apr 02  Oct 01  Jan 22
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2013    2014
 
Support              43      43      40      43      41      45      38
Oppose               52      51      54      55      55      47      56
DK/NA                 5       6       6       2       5       8       7
 
 
77. Do you think Congress should try to repeal the health care law, or should they let it stand?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Should repeal it     48%    86%    16%    46%    50%    46%
Should let it stand  47      8     80     49     46     48
DK/NA                 5      6      4      5      4      6
 
TREND: Do you think Congress should try to repeal the health care law, or should they let it stand?
                                                             SHOULD REPEAL
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Jun 01  Nov 25  Jul 12  Apr 20  Feb 23  May 04
                     2015    2015    2014    2012    2012    2012    2011
 
Should repeal it     48      46      48      49      51      52      44
Should let it stand  47      48      46      43      38      39      45
DK/NA                 5       6       6       8      11      10      11
 
 
78. Do you think that climate change is or is not - a moral issue?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Moral issue      44%    18%    64%    48%    39%    49%
No                   49     77     29     48     55     44
DK/NA                 6      6      7      4      6      7
 
 
79. Do you think that climate change is or is not - caused by human activity?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Human activity   68%    46%    84%    71%    63%    71%
No                   27     46     12     25     32     22
DK/NA                 6      9      4      4      5      7
 
 
80. Do you agree or disagree with the message from Pope Francis calling on the world to do more to address climate change?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Agree                65%    40%    84%    67%    62%    68%
Disagree             27     48      9     27     32     22
DK/NA                 8     12      7      6      6     10
 
 
81. Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave the U.S.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  55%    34%    76%    54%    53%    57%
B) Stay/Not citizen   9     11      7     10     11      7
C) Not stay          32     49     16     32     32     31
DK/NA                 4      6      2      4      4      4
 
TREND: Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave the U.S.
                                                             STAY/CITIZENSHIP
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 03  Nov 25  Nov 13  Jul 12  May 31  Apr 04  Nov 25
                     2015    2014    2013    2013    2013    2013    2014
 
A)Stay/Citizenship   55      48      57      54      54      59      48
B)Stay/Not citizen    9      11      12      12      12      11      11
C)Not stay           32      35      26      28      29      25      35
DK/NA                 4       6       4       6       5       5       6