Americans who feel "strongly" in favor or opposed to the Iran nuclear deal are nearly evenly divided, but among all voters they generally back the agreement cut by Secretary of State John Kerry. And, according to a new poll, they wouldn't punish lawmakers who vote to support the long-term proposal.

The new Public Policy Polling survey found that 35 percent "strongly favor" the multi-nation agreement with Iran, 32 percent "strongly oppose." Overall, that grows to 54 percent support to 38 percent opposed when those "strongly" and "somewhat" opposed or supportive are included, a clear victory for the administration.

What's more, the poll conducted for Americans United for Change, a pro-administration group, found that voters are less likely to punish lawmakers who support the deal when it comes to a vote in Congress.

Q: If your members of Congress voted for the agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program, would that make you more or less likely to vote for them in the next election, or would it not make a difference?

-- More likely - 42 percent.

-- Less likely - 36 percent.

-- Wouldn't make a difference - 18 percent.

-- Not sure - 5 percent.

PPP's analysis:

There are basically no potential repercussions politically for members of Congress who do vote in support of the agreement. 60 percent of Americans say that if their members vote for it, they will be either more likely to vote for them in the future or it won't make a difference either way in their future voting. Fully 79 percent of Democrats said they'd be more likely to support their members in the future or it wouldn't make a difference. Just 36 percent of overall voters say they'll be less likely down the line to vote for a member who supports the Iran agreement.

The message is clear: voters think the Iran deal is a good one for the country, they want Congress to move it along, and if anything they'll reward elected officials in the future who throw their support behind the agreement. It's a winner politically.

The Democratic polling firm said it questioned 730 registered voters, 39 percent Democrat, 37 percent Republican and 24 percent independent.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at