From the White House to Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats have sparred over how to respond to the new nuclear deal with Iran.
And while it may be hard to pinpoint what’s driving the current spat, a new poll suggests Americans are deeply divided over the issue.
The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, finds that the public views the agreement more favorably than unfavorably.
Just 41 percent approve of the deal, compared with 57 percent who disapprove.
And that number rises to 68 percent for those who have concerns about it, while just 18 percent approve.
In other words, just 42 percent of Americans have a positive view of the agreement, and just 28 percent have a negative one.
Even more interesting is the gap in views on the two main questions: Is the deal good for the U.S. economy?
The agreement’s supporters say it’s a major step in bringing a long-simmering trade dispute to an end.
Opponents, however, say it could leave Iran with the same bad trade deals it has now, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The poll finds the agreement is unpopular in a broad range of key battleground states, including Virginia, Arizona, New Hampshire and Iowa.
That includes the key battleground in Ohio, where the poll finds that 73 percent of registered voters support the agreement.
The president and his Democratic challenger, Sen. Sherrod Brown, have been feuding publicly over Iran, and this poll suggests that the president and other Republicans are trying to capitalize on that rift.
For the poll, Public Policy asked 1,000 registered voters their views on key economic and national security issues.
It found that 56 percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable view of Obama, while 43 percent have an unfavorable view.
Only 23 percent of respondents said they held a favorable opinion of Trump.
In contrast, just 26 percent of Republicans viewed the president positively and 24 percent negatively.
The most positive views came from men, with 81 percent of them having a favorable impression of the president.
Women were less enthusiastic.
Only 15 percent of women had a positive opinion of the former president.
The biggest negative reaction came from Republicans, with only 28 percent of men saying they had an unfavorable impression of Trump, compared to 55 percent of Democrats.
That could have implications for the 2018 midterm elections.
Republicans have historically been among the most favorable-to-unfavorable of the party’s political base.
But the new poll shows that the party may be getting squeezed in a way it hasn’t in the past.
The Republican National Committee is struggling to balance the party in 2018, which could help it gain some ground in the midterms.
This poll found that only 15 percent believed that the GOP would gain ground in 2018 compared to 37 percent who said it would fall.
Trump has also been criticized by some Republicans for not being a “pragmatic” president.
In fact, when asked if he was “principled,” 61 percent of voters said he was not, and 47 percent said he did not.
So far, Trump’s approval rating among Republicans stands at just 45 percent, the lowest it’s been since the early 1980s.
And he is not even on the ballot for the midterm elections in 2018.
That’s because of a rule change that will require Republicans to get at least 50 percent of the vote to gain any seats in the House.
And with fewer seats available in the 2018 midterms, Republicans could struggle to hold on to their majority in Congress.
Public Policy also surveyed 1,007 registered voters on their views of their own party and what they think is the best way to handle Iran.
The results were pretty similar, with 51 percent of people saying they have a favorable and 46 percent a negative view of their party.
But there was one big difference.
In this case, voters were asked what their best option is for handling Iran.
Only 43 percent said it’s best for Republicans to simply leave the deal in place and let the Iran deal go, while 60 percent said Republicans should support the deal and not try to repeal it.
The rest said it depends on the specific legislation the GOP is pursuing.
And 56 percent said they have concerns with the deal’s implementation.
The same poll found 56 percent thought that Iran has a good track record for dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Another poll conducted in late May found that 51 percent said the Iran agreement is a positive thing for the United States, compared the same poll in October with 42 percent who disagreed.
It also found that 52 percent of Democratic voters believe the agreement has helped the United State.
And 59 percent of Republican voters said the deal has helped U.N. relations with Iran, while 41 percent said that the deal didn’t have a big impact.