Using the same online policymaking simulation method developed for Voice Of the People’s Citizen Cabinet initiative, the Program for Public Consultation (PPC), in association with the Center for International & Security Studies at Maryland, released the results of a new study on American attitudes regarding the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program and found strong bi-partisan consensus.

The study finds 61 percent favor making a deal with Iran to limit Iran’s enrichment capacity and impose additional intrusive inspections in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions. This includes 62 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents.

The study is unique in that respondents were first given a briefing on the issue and evaluated arguments for and against the two major options — making a deal with Iran or pursuing further sanctions. The briefing and arguments were vetted with Congressional staffers from both parties and other experts with differing perspectives.  This is the same process VOP is using for its Citizen Cabinet project.

“Americans find convincing the arguments for making a deal as well as for ending the negotiations and ramping up sanctions,” said PPC Director and VOP President Steven Kull. “But when asked to finally decide, a clear majority breaks in favor of a deal.”

The results were presented at an event in Washington at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The entire policymaking simulation PPC used for this study will be made available at VOP.org.

The full study can be found at: http://www.public-consultation.org/studies/Iran_july14.html