Poll Shows Rouhani Could Lose Vote for Iranian presidency


ed note–a fact of history not well known by most but which doubtless plays a vitally important role in understanding what is taking place between the West and Iran is the fact that the longest running war in human history was the one between Rome and Persia, lasting almost 700 years. As a matter of fact, it was this war that first brought the Romans into the Middle East–and particularly the Levant and Judea–in a militarily dominant manner. Over the centuries, the Romans and Persians would fight a series of wars over who controlled the region to the point of mutual exhaustion, at which point the Arabs–now unified under Islam–took advantage of this mutual exhaustion to then impose their political will over the region.

Today’s West, including the US, being the modern day extension of Roman civilization, and Iran–being the modern day extension of ancient Persia, are still at war over who is going to dominate politically over the region, a paradigm that plays powerfully into Trump’s foreign policy and why he has to rein in Judea lest the Iranians and Scythians (Russians) take advantage of the chaos as an entryway into establishing their dominance in the region. How this will play out in the upcoming presidential elections in Iran remains to be seen, given all the behind the scenes activities taking place far removed from public view, but all can be assured that indeed ancient history and the unfinished business involving these various empires will indeed play a pivotal role.

bloomberg.com

President Hassan Rouhani’s popularity may not be enough to win him another four years in office, according to the findings of a poll released on Monday.

While the majority of respondents in a survey conducted by the Toronto-based company IranPoll have a favorable view of the president, they also said that his first term and the nuclear accord he championed have not improved the economy and the living standards of average Iranians. More than 40 percent said he’s “somewhat likely” to lose the election and 14 percent said his defeat was “very likely.”

The findings show the uphill task facing the moderate cleric, whose efforts to integrate Iran with the global economy could be reversed if he loses to one of his hardline opponents. The president has spent the past few weeks defending his economic record, visiting factories and oil fields to promote the government’s policies, which have helped bring inflation down to single digits after breaching 40 percent during the rule of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The poll was based on telephone calls with 1,005 “representative Iranians” across the country and conducted between April 11 and 14. It had a margin of error of about 3 percentage points.

While almost 40 percent of those surveyed said Rouhani has been somewhat successful at resolving Iran’s economic problems, more than half said he was either “somewhat unsuccessful” or “very unsuccessful.”

Next Step

The findings showed that 72 percent of respondents said the nuclear deal with world powers hasn’t improved the living standards of average Iranians — a criticism echoed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters.

More than 1,600 people registered to run in the May 19 vote. They will now be screened by the Guardian Council, a clerical body that can disqualify candidates. Candidates include Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative cleric close to Khamenei, as well as Ahmadinejad, whose eight-year reign was marred by crippling economic sanctions.

Ahmadinejad registered his candidacy despite advice from Khamenei against running. The Iran Poll data shows the former president with a favorable approval rating that is not far behind Rouhani. Raisi, who is widely tipped as Rouhani’s main hardline challenger, is still unknown to the majority of those surveyed, the poll shows.

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