Citizens oppose Iran nuclear deal - 174 citizens, 529 responses

Jul 18, 2015

After months of intense negotiations, President Barak Obama announced a potential deal with Iran aimed at curbing the nation’s nuclear capability. Congress, including NH’s two U.S. Senators, was divided on the issue. On July 18, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) put the question to the public, asking Facebook members, “Do you support or oppose the proposed nuclear deal with Iran?”

A total of 83% of those participating in our open discussion of this issue answered the question directly or with a concurrence, and of those 74% expressed opposition to the Iran deal with 26% in favor. Of the remaining respondents, 16% opted to discuss the question in broader terms while just 1% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 174 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 529 responses. 

Opponents of the deal argued that the agreement would not keep Iran from developing nuclear capability. “Any deal with them isn't worth the paper it’s printed on,” one commenter wrote. “Keep tight sanctions until they give it up and are willing to prove it with ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections,” a respondent argued. “We have only one friend in the region, and this deal puts them In harm’s way,” another said. 

Supporters countered that the deal was an example of effective diplomacy. “This deal was brokered with 5 other nations. President Obama is on the right side of history,” a respondent posted. “Better to use diplomacy than to wage war,” a commenter said. “I'm very proud of the negotiations with Iran. We have to move toward peace with the world. War isn't the answer,” another citizen wrote. 

Those addressing their comments to broader issues spoke of the need for more transparency. “None of us know enough about any of this to even have an opinion on it,” one commenter wrote. “Where does this deep seated distrust/hatred of Iran come from? Am I not old enough to get it?” another queried. “Done deal. Time and history will tell,” a third respondent pointed out. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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