Managing Post-Nuclear Deal Expectations: Rouhani's Difficult Road Ahead

Publication Date: 
July 2015
Nuclear Past, Present and Future Project
Security Cooperation with Iran: Challenges and Opportunities
The Program for Public Consultation
Document Type: 
Articles and Op-Eds
As difficult as it was for President Rouhani to secure a deal, it will be even more difficult for him to sustain popular support for it when all the excitement dies down. In a new poll that, an independent Toronto-based opinion research firm, conducted for the University of Maryland, a majority (57%) of Iranians expressed support for the deal. Yet, the expressed support heavily rests on the assumption, held by most Iranians, that the deal will result in better access to foreign medicines and medical equipment (61%); significantly more foreign investment (62%); and tangible improvements in living standards (55%), all within a year. If these expectations are not realized quickly, Rouhani will be left with the unpleasant task of explaining who has pocketed the benefits of the deal and what Iran got in return for rolling back the nuclear program. Read the full article.