Poll: With a veto-proof majority opposing the Iran deal out of reach, how significant is sending a resolution of disapproval to President Obama’s desk?

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks as Secretary of State John Kerry (R) listens during a meeting with veterans and Gold Star Mothers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House September 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama met with a small group of veterans and Gold Star Mothers to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement.  (Alex Wong AFP/Getty)


Very significant: 14%

Somewhat significant: 41%

Insignificant: 45%

Very significant

“Republicans need the president to actually veto it to make a case.”

“This will officially move the Jewish community into the Republican column.”

“The world is watching, and division on an issue of this magnitude further accents the perception of dysfunction of the U.S. government.”

Somewhat significant

“Shows a true breakdown in bipartisan foreign policy.”

“Only significant to the GOP for use in showing their major pro-Israel super PAC donors they did all they could.”

“It locks in those who will have to live with the consequences of allowing Iran to arm itself. Let’s hope someone is keeping score.”

“Since Repubs enjoy making the president look weak, it is still likely to happen.”

“In real terms, meaningless; in political terms, priceless.”


“This was a done deal as soon as Congress agreed to this procedure. Whatever political advantage on either side has already been taken.”

“Congressional Republicans can drag this out, but it’s over.”

“Putting aside the very serious nature of the Iran deal, it’s still a political win for the president, and no resolution will change that.”

“The task is now implementation not continued rejection. Didn’t work for Obamacare, did it?”


Very significant: 52%

Somewhat significant: 28%

Insignificant: 20%

Very significant

“No downside—if things go badly, you set up an ‘I told you so.’ ”

“It makes it a campaign issue and signals the deal could be reversed if the WH changes hands.”

“The American people need to see large bipartisan majorities opposing this deal. The folks who vote to support Obama will be remembered one way or another. This is their moment in history.”

“No downside for Republicans to vote against the president. Shows Israel who is steadfastly in their corner. When problems get worse in the Middle East, as they are almost certain to be, then opposing a shift to Iran against the interests of almost all our long-term allies will be the right move.”

“While the president may get his deal, he is doing so with slim majorities and having completely lost public support. This will be a vote that haunts.”

“It shows Iran that Congress is suspicious of the deal and lays the predicate that future violations will be the fault of a naive Obama administration.”

Somewhat significant

“It’s the principle not the reality. Iran will do as it wishes. But it will show we’re with Israel, and Obama thinks they’re expendable.”

“The argument needs to be continued so Americans can use their votes in Nov. ’16 to make clear their disapproval.”

“Important that the party be clearly on record as standing in firm opposition to what in time will almost certainly be perceived as an egregious error on the part of this administration.”


“The game is over. Obama wins this one just like he did with Obamacare.”

“But allows opponents to say, ‘I told you so,’ when Iran violates the agreement and / or blows up Israel. Little comfort to victims of their zealotry, of course.”

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