A new poll of Iranians finds that in the wake of the parliamentary election, Rouhani is in a strong position with the Iranian public. Sixty-three percent say they voted for candidates who support Rouhani, while just 22% say they voted for his critics.
Rouhani’s support is not limited to voters who favored the Reformist group. Even among those
who voted for the conservative Principlist group, 50% said they voted for pro-Rouhani
candidates, as did 81% of pro-Reformist voters and 61% of voters for independents.
This does not mean that Reformists now have the upper hand in the Majlis, the Iranian
parliament. Only 33% of Iranians who voted, said they voted for Reformist candidates, while
35% said they favored the conservative Principlist candidates, and 24% independent candidates.
The study is based on two telephone polls, one conducted before and the other conducted after the parliamentary elections in Iran. The first poll was conducted February 15 – 24, 2016 among a representative sample of 1,016 Iranians and the second poll was conducted March 3 – 13, 2016 among a representative sample of 1,005 Iranians. The margin of error for both polls is about +/-3.2%. IranPoll.com, an independent Toronto-based polling organization, conducted both polls for the University of Maryland Center for International and Security Studies.