Thursday, March 17, 2005

::.angus reid - centre for public opinion and democracy.::Rafsanjani Clear Favourite In Iran

::.angus reid - centre for public opinion and democracy.::: "Rafsanjani Clear Favourite In Iran

(Angus Reid Consultants - CPOD Global Scan) – Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has emerged as the early frontrunner in this year’s presidential election in Iran, according to a poll by the Islamic Republic News Agency. 28.2 per cent of respondents would vote for Rafsanjani in the ballot.

Rafsanjani served as president from 1989 to 1997, and was substituted by Mohammad Khatami. After winning elections in 1997 and 2001, Khatami is ineligible for a third term. Rafsanjani has been reportedly backed by some reformist and conservative leaders, but has not officially announced his candidacy.

Former parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karrubi—a reformist—is second with 8.8 per cent, followed by conservative former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velajati with 5.6 per cent, former state media director Ali Larijani with 4.4 per cent and former science minister Mostafa Moin with 4.1 per cent.

By May, only a handful of candidates are expected to remain in contention. In Iran, voters can head to the polls at the age of 16. The election is scheduled for Jun. 17.

Polling Data

What candidate would you vote for in the presidential election?

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
28.2%

Mehdi Karrubi
8.8%

Ali Akbar Velajati
5.6%

Ali Larijani
4.4%

Mostafa Moin
4.1%

Ahmad Tavakoli
3.9%

Mohsen Rezai
2.1%

Hassan Rowhani
2.1%

Mohammad Bakr Kalibaf
1.9%

Mohammad Reza Aref
1.8%

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
1.7%

Mohsen Mehr Alizade
0.9%

Seyyed Reza Zavvarei
0.5%

Mohsen Rahami
0.2%

Abdollah Ramezanzadeh
0.2%

Mostafa Kavakebian
0.1%


Source: Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)
Methodology: Interviews to 7,100 Iranian voters in the capital cities of 11 provinces—Tehran, Khorassan, Isfahan, East Azerbaijan, Khouzestan, Fars, Kermanshah, Hormuzgan, Mazandaran, Sistan-Baluchestan and Yazd—conducted in February 2005. No margin of error was provided."