Washington, D.C., June 19, 2003 - The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) announced today new statistics on the opinions of the Iranian American community regarding the current US debate on Iran. Amid the student demonstrations, the vast majority of Iranian-Americans report opposing any US-sponsored regime change in Iran. Furthermore, less than one-third of the community believes the US should completely refrain from directly supporting the student movement currently taking place.
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a non-profit non-partisan educational organization based in DC, has for the first time enabled the Iranian-American community to express its views and have its individual voices - whatever they may be - heard in Washington. Through a national letter writing campaign, offering a variety of letters covering different positions in the debate, NIAC allows Iranian Americans the option of choosing or drafting their own letter, which is then sent directly to the President, and other top officials and lawmakers in the administration through its CAPWIZ system.
So, where do Iranian Americans fall in the debate? Do they favor US support for regime change in Iran? Or are they more inclined to support a hands-off and non-intervention policy? Or do they fall somewhere in the middle? The results, to date, have been astonishing.
Out of the 400 letters sent since Monday, June 16th by Iranian-Americans all over the country, NIAC reports that only 26.7% have urged the President to support regime change in Iran, while 41.3% want the US to support the student's aspirations, but not get directly involved. Furthermore, 32.0% do not want the US to get involved at all and argue that the US can best support the students by not interfering. The statistics show that 73.3% of Iranian-Americans, while still supporting the demonstrators, oppose direct American interference or outside calls for regime change. Finally, 78.1% of Iranian-Americans oppose the Brownback Bill that sets aside US funding for Iranian opposition groups and satellite TV channels in California.
This poll is not scientific, since NIAC does not have control over the sample population. However, each component of the statistics is a real person who has "voted" by sending a letter to his or her lawmakers, thereby making the sample size more than sufficient and the margin of error very small.
NIAC is a Washington, DC-based 501 c(3) non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian and non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Iranian-American participation in American civic life. The Council does not take a position on political matters; it only facilitates the participation of the Iranian-American community as a whole. The NIAC statistics are not scientific in the sense that NIAC does not control the sample. NIAC is funded by the Tides Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Institute and the Iranian-American community. NIAC does not work with and has no ties with any governments, political parties or political personalities. For more information about the organization, please visit www.niacouncil.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a fax to (202) 518-5507.
Contact: Marjan H. Ehsassi NIAC Executive Director (202) 518-6187 Goli Fassihian WireMedia, LLC (212) 779-5973
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