Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Gap between Qalibaf, Rafsanjani two per cent - Iran poll

Gap between Qalibaf, Rafsanjani two per cent - Iran poll: "Gap between Qalibaf, Rafsanjani two per cent - Iran poll
Jun 14, 2005, 16:30 GMT

Text of report by Iranian Fars News Agency web site

Fars News Agency, 14 June: According to the latest opinion polls conducted in the country Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has overtaken Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani in 100 provinces of the country and the gap between them is now two per cent.

The opinion poll was commissioned by Fars News Agency and conducted by one of the country's polling agencies on 23 Khordad. It used the Cochran formula and it took a sample of 16,751 people. According to the poll: Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani has 22.27 per cent, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf 20.08 per cent, Mahmud Ahmadinezhad 15.53 per cent, Mostafa Mo'in 10 per cent, Mehdi Karrubi 7.87 per cent, Ali Larijani 7.49 per cent, Mohsen Mehralizadeh 2.83 per cent and Mohsen Reza'i 2.23 per cent of the votes.

The opinion poll was conducted in 11 provinces and Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf's had a larger number of votes than the other main candidate Hashemi-Rafsanjani in Ardabil, Esfahan, Bushehr, Chaharmahal va Bakhtiari, Southern Khorasan, Khorasan-e Razavi, Northern Khorasan, Khuzestan, Qazvin, Kordestan, Kohkiluye va Bowyerahmad and Hamedan.

According to the opinion poll, as well as a number of other opinion polls, there has been a considerable increase in Qalibaf's and Ahmadinezhad's votes. This may cause an upset with less than three days to go [to the elections].

Source: Fars News Agency web site, Tehran, in Persian 1418 gmt 14 Jun 05

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