Poll 2: Iranian Views of the US

July 13, 2016

One year after the nuclear deal was reached, Iranians’ views of the United States have not improved, according to a new poll by the University of Maryland. As of June 2016, 73 percent of Iranians had a negative view of the United States. About the same percentage thought Washington was actively preventing other countries from strengthening economic ties to Iran.

Support for bilateral cooperation with the United States on a variety of issues was lower than in the past. “For the first time since the summer of 2014, a majority (54 percent) of Iranians now oppose cooperation with the United States against ISIS in Iraq, compared with a majority (59 percent) of Iranians who approved of such collaborations shortly after the nuclear deal was reached” in July 2015, according to the poll report.

The telephone poll of 1,007 Iranians was conducted June 17–27, 2016, for Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland by IranPoll.com. The following is a rundown of key results on the United States. 

What is your view of the United States?

  July 2014 May 2015 August 2015 January 2016 June 2016
Very favorable 9% 7.9% 8.6% 7.8% 5.5%
Somewhat favorable 19 20.4 22.6 20.5 21.1
Somewhat unfavorable 13 16.9 14.3 16.5 14.2
Very unfavorable 58 53.2 52.3 54.2 58.7
DK/NA 2 1.5 2.2 1.0 .6

 

How about the U.S. government? Is it:

  July 2014 May 2015 January 2016 June 2016
Very favorable 4% 2.5% 1.7% 2.2%
Somewhat favorable 9 8.6 8.1 8.8
Somewhat unfavorable 14 12.6 14.5 14.8
Very unfavorable 70 73.4 73.6 72.6
DK/NA 3 2.9 2.1 1.6

 

How about the American people?

  July 2014 May 2015 January 2016 June 2016
Very favorable 12% 12.2% 12.5% 11,5%
Somewhat favorable 38 40.1 40.3 39.6
Somewhat unfavorable 16 15.6 17.1 17.1
Very unfavorable 29 26.8 26.2 28.7
DK/NA 5 5.4 3.9 3.1

 

Do you expect that in the next three years, Iran's relationship with the United States will in general:

  January 2016 June 2016
Significantly improve 12.4% 9.9%
Slightly improve 25.9 21.5
Stayed the same 35.6 45.8
Slightly worsen 12.4 10.5
Significantly worsen 8.1 8.0
DK/NA 5.7 4.2
 
 
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To what degree would you support or oppose Iran and the United States cooperating in each of the fields that I am going to be reading to you?
 

To have greater cultural, educational, and sporting exchanges

  July 2014 June 2016
Fully support 31.7 27.7%
Somewhat support 42.5 40.7
Somewhat oppose 9.4 11.1
Fully oppose 14.1 18.1
DK/NA 2.3 2.4

 

To provide more access for each other's journalists

  July 2014 June 2016
Fully support 33.5% 27.7%
Somewhat support 47.3 46.7
Somewhat oppose 6.8 10.3
Fully oppose 8.4 11.7
DK/NA 4.1 3.6

 

To have greater trade

  July 2014 June 2016
Fully support 32.1% 30.7%
Somewhat support 37.3 37.4
Somewhat oppose 12.0 9.7
Fully oppose 15.9 19.2
DK/NA 2.7 3.0

 

For the governments to have direct talks on issues of mutual concern

  July 2014 June 2016
Fully support 34.1% 30.9%
Somewhat support 32.4 31.4
Somewhat oppose 12.4 12.0
Fully oppose 15.6 21.6
DK/NA 5.4 4.1

 

To have more American and Iranians visit each other's countries as tourists

  July 2014 June 2016
Fully support 45.8% 45.5%
Somewhat support 34.0 34.6
Somewhat oppose 7.3 5.8
Fully oppose 10.5 11.7
DK/NA 2.3 2.5

 

Do you think that since the JCPOA, Iran’s relations with the US have in general:

  January 2016 June 2016
Significantly improved 1.9% 0.7%
Slightly improved 28.5 25.0
Stayed the same 51.5 56.8
Slightly worsened 11.2 12.0
Significantly worsened 2.6 3.9
DK/NA 4.4 1.5

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