An opinion poll conducted by U.S. RAND Corporation showed that 87 percent of Iranians strongly favor Iranian development of nuclear energy for civilian use.
The technical report of the research, which was conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, presents the results of a phone survey of 1,002 Iranians regarding attitudes on a number of issues important to American policymakers and analysts, including U.S.-Iranian relations, the effects of sanctions on the Iranian economy, and the Iranian nuclear program.
The International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.
The survey demonstrates that most respondents favored the nuclear program for civilian use and that a plurality opposed the development of nuclear weapons.
The research shows that only 3 percent of respondents strongly opposed developing nuclear energy for civilian use.
In addition, 98 percent believed that the possession of nuclear energy is a national right.
This finding suggests there may be widespread support for the civilian aspect of the nuclear program, which could be helping the Iranian government weather international pressure designed to curtail its program.
The survey also shows that a majority of respondents did not view sanctions as having a negative effect on the economy.
In addition, a majority of respondents expressing an opinion opposed the reestablishment of ties with the United States.
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