While it has been the subject of divisive political debates, talking directly with Iran about its nuclear program is supported across the political spectrum. More than six-in-ten Americans (63%) support direct negotiations with Iran, with equal measures of support from Republicans (63%), Democrats (64%) and political independents (64%). Only 28% of Americans disapprove of direct negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. But while Americans favor engagement, few (22%) believe that direct negotiations will work in getting Iran to give up its nuclear program. Fully 56% say negotiations will not work. And on the efficacy of talks, a partisan difference emerges. While a plurality of Democrats do not believe talks with Iran will work (47%), far more Republicans (81%) and independents (70%) doubt that negotiations will get Iran to give up its nuclear program. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.