Friday, March 11, 2005

Iran Daily: Rafsanjani Tops IRNA Survey - More than 3 times nearest rival

Iran Daily: "Rafsanjani Tops IRNA Survey

TEHRAN, March 11--Islamic Republic News Agency’s first opinion poll conducted on the upcoming presidential race reveals over 50 percent of eligible voters would participate in the important event.
Some 7,100 people from the provincial capitals of the provinces of Tehran, Khorasan, Isfahan, East Azarbaijan, Khuzestan, Fars, Kermanshah, Hormuzgan, Mazandaran and Sistan-Baluchestan as well as Yazd participated in the opinion poll.
Some 28.2 percent of those surveyed said Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani would win the election while 8.8 percent supported former Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi, 5.6 percent endorsed the leader’s advisor for international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, 4.1 percent voiced support former minister of higher education, Mostafa Moin, 4.4 percent backed former head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Ali Larijani, and 3.9 percent supported Tehran MP Ahmad Tavakkoli.
The poll results also revealed that 38.2 percent wanted the next chief executive should be from the reformist camp. Some 37.4 percent said political inclinations of the future president are not important.
The main incentive for 33.4 percent of the respondents for participating in the election is national development and growth of democracy.
Some 45.5 percent of participants were between 15 to 29 years old and the remaining 55.5 percent were above the age of 30. Some 53 percent of the respondents were women. While 22.7 percent of the respondents had university degrees, 7.4 percent were high school diploma-holders and 38.4 percent had education below the diploma level."