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New poll underlines Iranian disappointment with US, nuclear deal

A year after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed, most Iranians still support it, but a large majority lacks confidence that the United States will carry out its obligations and believes Washington is trying to prevent other countries from normalizing trade relations with the Islamic Republic.
An Iranian family walks past anti-US graffiti on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on July 14, 2015. President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians that "all our objectives" have been met by a nuclear deal agreed Tuesday after epic talks with world powers. Slogan in Farsi reads, "Death to America". AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
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A year after their government signed a landmark nuclear agreement, many Iranians are disappointed by lackluster economic progress, doubt that the United States will fulfill its part of the bargain and are more favorably disposed toward a controversial former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a new poll shows.

The survey of 1,007 Iranians — conducted by telephone from June 17-27 by, an independent Toronto-based firm, for the University of Maryland — confirms anecdotal information that Iranians had overly high expectations for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and failed to appreciate the obstacles Iran would still face in attracting foreign investment, reconnecting with foreign banks and increasing employment.

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