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PAAIA Releases 2009 National Survey of Iranian Americans

11/12/09

Source: Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)

 

National poll explores attitudes and views of Iranian Americans relating to recent developments in Iran


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November 11, 2009, Washington, D.C. - The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today released the findings of its second national public opinion survey of Iranian Americans.  The particular focus of this poll is to gauge how the Iranian American community's perceptions and views may have shifted following the historic events that occurred in Iran in the aftermath of the disputed June 12th presidential election. More specifically, views of Iranian Americans on issues such as recent developments in Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, the Obama Administration's response to recent developments in Iran, and the role, if any, that the Iranian Diaspora could or should play with respect to developments in Iran, are explored in this survey.

Executive Summary

In August of 2008, the Public Affairs of Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) commissioned Zogby International to conduct a national public opinion survey of Iranian Americans to gather, for the first time, accurate and timely information about the demographics and views of the Iranian American community.  The purpose of the 2008 survey was to provide PAAIA with the knowledge required to more effectively represent the Iranian American community, and to further inform and educate the American public at large, as well as U.S. policy makers and opinion makers about Iranian Americans.

Following the historic events that unfolded in Iran in the aftermath of the disputed June 12th presidential election, PAAIA again commissioned Zogby International to conduct a follow-up national survey of Iranian Americans to gauge how their perceptions and views may have shifted as a result of these events.  This 2009 survey specifically explores the attitudes and views of Iranian Americans on issues such as recent developments in Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, the Obama Administration's response to recent developments in Iran, and the role, if any, that the Iranian Diaspora and Iranian American community or civic organizations could or should play with respect to developments in Iran.  This survey's margin of error is +/- 5%.

The most important findings of this 2009 public opinion survey of Iranian Americans are summarized below.

I.   Ties between Iranian Americans and Iran remain strong.


II.   Iranian Americans closely followed post-election events in Iran, feel the presidential election was not free and fair, generally approve of the Obama Administration's handling of the crisis, and favor negotiations and peaceful change within Iran.
 

III.    Recent events in Iran appear to have changed, at least for the time being, the prevailing focus of the Iranian American community and attitudes toward the type of civic organizations they may join and support.
 

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