Monday, May 4, 2009

Iran Elections Poll

Iran's Press TV is reporting that according to a nationwide opinion poll, President Ahmadinejad is the leading candidate in the June 12 presidential elections. Ahmadinejad would have received 53.6% of the vote if the elections were held today, the poll indicates. Ahmadinejad needs a simple majority in the first round of the elections to win his second term.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi would finish second with 21.9%, with Ayatolah Karrubi trailing at 3.8% and Mohsen Rezaie at 1.7%. Press TV did not disclose the name of the polling agency.

On the expected turnout, an important factor in Iranian elections, the poll shows that 50.1% of Tehran’s residents and 57.2% of the population in other cities will go to polls.

A larg turnout, around 60%, generally favors reformist candidates and lower turnouts would help the principlist camp.


Jesse Aizenstat said...

I know that Michel Aoun and his Free Patriotic Movement in Lebanon favors the right to vote for Lebanese diaspora. I would guess this isn't a big issue in Iranian politics because "exiles" mostly fled from the Islamic republic and would likely vote for assassination, if anything.

Is this true. Can all those flashy Persians in Westwood California vote on June 12?

Anonymous said...

since when is karroubi an ayatollah? he is barely a hojjatol eslam!

Anonymous said...

votes in a society should be cast by people living in the society that understand the problems of their society.

Those Iranians living abroad should vote for the societies they live in and leave Iran to those who actually make a difference.

The second generation Iranians are hardly literate in the Persian language, and that makes over 50% of them, this alone makes them irrelevant.