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The Iran Primer

Poll 1: Views of Rouhani, Elections

The majority of Iranians say President Hassan Rouhani has improved Iran’s security, relationship with European countries, and economy, according to a new poll by the University of Tehran’s Center for Public Opinion Research (UTCPOR) and IranPoll.com, working in conjunction with the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). Rouhani’s favorability rating, however, fell from 89 percent in August 2015 to 82 percent in January 2016.
 

Regarding upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for February 26, about two thirds of Iranians say they are very likely to vote. Some 59 percent of respondents prefer that the next parliament be composed of President Rouhani’s supporters. The following are key results from the telephone poll of 1,012 Iranians conducted from Dec. 29, 2015 to Jan. 15, 2016.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poll 2: Views on Nuclear Program, Deal

Iranians still broadly support the final nuclear between Iran and the world’s six major powers, according to a new poll by the University of Tehran’s Center for Public Opinion Research (UTCPOR) and IranPoll.com, working in conjunction with the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). Overall approval of the agreement, however, fell from 76 percent in August 2015 to 71 percent in January 2016. One reason for this change is that some Iranians have learned more details about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and shifted their assumptions and expectations about the deal, according to Ebrahim Mohseni, a research scholar at the University of Maryland. For example, 59 percent of respondents thought that all U.S. sanctions were to be lifted eventually in August 2015 compared to 40 percent in January 2016. The following are key results from the telephone poll of 1,012 Iranians conducted from Dec. 29, 2015 to Jan. 15, 2016. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poll 3: Views of the United States

The majority of Iranians have a favorable view of the American people, but not of the United States in general or the government, according to a new poll by the University of Tehran’s Center for Public Opinion Research (UTCPOR) and IranPoll.com, working in conjunction with the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). The following are key results from the telephone poll of 1,012 Iranians conducted from Dec. 29, 2015 to Jan. 15, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poll 4: Views on Regional Conflicts, Syria

A majority of Iranians favor sending military personnel to Syria, according to a new poll by the University of Tehran’s Center for Public Opinion Research (UTCPOR) and IranPoll.com, working in conjunction with the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). A majority also support providing help to Syrian President Bashar al Assad. But more Iranians are in favor of protecting Shiite religious sites (80 percent) and fighting ISIS (87 percent) than strengthening Assad (63 percent). “While it is widely assumed that Iran cares more about preserving Bashar Assad’s hold on power than anything else,” said Nancy Gallagher, interim director of CISSM, “this study reveals that Iranians are significantly more concerned about the rise of ISIS than Assad’s hold on power.” More Iranians also favor providing help to Kurdish and Shiite groups fighting ISIS than Assad. The following are key results from the telephone poll of 1,012 Iranians conducted from Dec. 29, 2015 to Jan. 15, 2016.

 

 

 
 
 
Some say that Iran should send military personnel to Syria to help the government of Bashar Assad in its fight against armed Syrian rebels, including ISIS, so that these rebels would not be able to threaten Iran’s interests and security in the region. 
 
Others argue that Iran should not send military personnel to Syria because this would increase Iran’s enemies in the region and beyond. 
 
Which of these views is closer to your opinion?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As you may know, the United State has been involved in Syria. Many reasons have been given for the United States’ involvement in Syria. As I read each reason, please say if, as far as you know, this is the most important reason, an important reason, a possible reason, or not one of the reasons behind United States’ involvements in Syria?
 
 
 
 
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Energy Secretary on Iran Nuclear Deal

On February 2, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz discussed the steps Iran has taken to curb its nuclear program and what lies ahead for the nuclear deal at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Moniz played a key role in the negotiations that led to the July 2015 brokering of the nuclear deal between Iran and the world’s six major powers. The following is a video recap of the event.  


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