CNN Poll: Most in U.S. favor negotiations with Iran over nukes

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  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks Friday with U.S. President Barack Obama
  • CNN/ORC International survey: Only 1 in 5 Americans oppose negotiations with Tehran
  • Many in U.S. fear Iran intends to develop nuclear weapons

Three-quarters of Americans say they favor direct diplomatic negotiations with Iran in an attempt to prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons, according to a new national poll.

Just one in five questioned in a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning say they opposed negotiations with Tehran.

President Barack Obama spoke by telephone Friday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani -- the first direct conversation between leaders in Washington and Tehran since 1979. The call has raised the possibility that a deal can be reached over Iran's nuclear program.

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Describing the conversation as a starting point, Obama said he believes an agreement is possible regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions that could lead to better relations.

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"Large majorities in all major demographic categories favor negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program, including 87% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans. This is nothing new for the U.S. public -- in 2009, virtually the same number of Americans said they favored negotiations with Iran," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International September 27-29, with 803 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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