A polling company released the results of a poll on Iranians’ views on the economy, the United States and more on Monday.
The Toronto-based IranPoll survey conducted the survey with the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland. Data was collected between August 30 and September 9.
The poll, which was sent to Al-Monitor, found that 63% of those polled believed that economic mismanagement had the greatest negative impact on the Iranian economy, while 34% believed that foreign sanctions had the most. big negative effect.
Many Iranians attribute the country’s woes to mismanagement by the authorities of the Islamic Republic. One example is the July protests in the southwestern province of Khuzestan against the lack of access to safe drinking water.
Almost 75% of those polled said the economy was bad, with 54% calling it very bad. In contrast, 54% said they expected the economy to improve somewhat over the next three years.
Iran’s economy is currently struggling and the issue was at the heart of the June elections, which led to the presidency of Ebrahim Raisi. In addition to corruption, the economy has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, sanctions and falling oil prices.
The poll also asked Iranians about their views on other countries’ policies towards Iran. Regarding US President Joe Biden’s policies towards Iran, 67% described them as hostile. Overall, the negative opinion on the United States was 85%. More than half of those polled said they had favorable opinions towards China and Russia, while almost 90% had unfavorable opinions towards Saudi Arabia.
Biden indicated his desire to improve relations with Iran by becoming president in January, after countries were openly hostile under former President Donald Trump. He focused on reinstating the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deal removed international sanctions against Iran in exchange for cutting back on its nuclear program. Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 and reimposed tough penalties. The indirect talks in Vienna this year have so far failed to reach an agreement.
Russia and China have historically enjoyed friendly relations with Iran, and both are still part of the JCPOA. Saudi Arabia is a historical rival of Iran, and the two opposing sides in the war in Yemen. At the same time, the two men held bilateral talks this year with the aim of restoring their relationship.
The poll results showed a lack of enthusiasm over the nuclear deal. About 73% of those polled said their point of view mostly resembled the following statement: a deal. “
IranPoll also asked the Iranians what they think of various Iranian-backed paramilitary groups in the Middle East. Over 67% had a favorable opinion of Hezbollah in Lebanon, while over 63% had a favorable opinion of Popular Mobilization Units in Iraq. However, only 48% had a favorable opinion of the Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to the poll.
Finally, pollsters asked about the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan, and more than 88% of those polled gave the group an unfavorable rating.
Iranian politicians are divided over how to deal with the Taliban, who took control of most of the country in August amid the US military withdrawal. The curators favor a warm approach to the group. Reformists want to support “resistance” fighters in Afghanistan’s Hazara Shiite community, which has historically faced oppression under the strict Sunni Islamist regime of the Taliban.