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Gallup: Majority of Americans Give Obama Low Marks on Iran Policy

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FILE - President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Aug. 4, 2015.

FILE - President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Aug. 4, 2015.

Only one in three Americans approves of President Barack Obama's handling of the international agreement to restrain Iran's nuclear program, according to a new Gallup survey.

The pollster questioned more than 1,000 people in the last few days and said Thursday that 55 percent disapproved of Obama's handling of Iran policy and 33 percent approved of it.

The finding was similar to that of another pollster, Quinnipiac University, which showed recently that Americans opposed the internationally brokered Iran deal by a 2-to-1 margin.

The U.S. Congress is now in a summer recess but plans to vote next month on whether to approve or reject the accord, which would bar Iran from building a nuclear weapon in exchange for lifting sanctions that have hobbled Tehran's economy.

Obama scored higher on all other issues that Gallup asked about, including race relations, education, the economy, terrorism and foreign affairs, although without a majority approval rating on any of them.

Gallup said Obama's overall approval rating was at 47 percent.

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