In the final step of our Iran deal policymaking simulation, our national Citizen Cabinet panelists were asked whether they would recommend that their members of Congress approve of the deal, going through a two-stage process.

They were first asked to choose whether to recommend approval or disapproval of the deal. A modest 52 percent majority initially recommended approval, while 47 percent recommended disapproval. The result was very partisan – 69 percent of Democrats approved and 69 percent of Republicans disapproved. Among independents, three in five chose approval (60 percent). 

Panelists who recommended disapproval were then offered the alternative options that they had evaluated earlier (as noted in a previous post): ramping up sanctions higher until Iran ends enrichment; trying to start a renegotiation; or threatening military strikes on Iran’s nuclear sites and escalating if our demands are not met. They were also offered the option of approving the deal.

The most chosen alternative option was increasing sanctions (23 percent), followed by renegotiation (14 percent) and military pressure (7 percent). Another 3 percent decided on approval of the deal, and this included 3 percent of both Democrats and Republicans. This raised the total for approving the deal to 55 percent [see graph].

In the end, a clear majority concluded that approving of the deal would be the best approach and no other option received support greater than one in four.

Everyone is invited to try our policymaking simulation on the Iran deal for themselves. Click here to start.