Tehran, 7 Oct. (IPS, with report by Meisam Tavvab of Rooz newspaper) A recent survey operated by the Iran,ian State-owned and conservatives-controlled Radio and Television showed that the majority of Iranians are unhappy with their messianic President, Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad.
Asking interviewees how do they regard the economic, political and social performance of the new government, 65 per cent have indicated that they are not satisfied, reported the pro-reform online newspaper “Rooz”, based in London and Paris on 4 October 2006.
In less than a year, the President's popularity has fallen by more than 15 per cent, according to official estimates, against more than 30 per cent, according to people.
Last year, same kind of survey carried by the same organisation had found that 60 percent of Iranians interviewed approved of the new administration’s performance.
This was when Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad, who had scored a surprising victory in the presidential elections, had promised to eradicate corruption, establish social justice and specially fight the daily price hikes that badly hit the poor and second class Iranians.
Another poll run by the Aftab News Agency found that the majority of Iranians consider that the popularity of the hard line president is in constant decline.
Based on a sample of more than 3.000 persons questioned, more than 65 per cent said they have not the same positive attitude towards Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad, explaining that his failure to stabilize the prices of basic foodstuff is the main reason for their disapproval.
According to a Rooz reporter, the survey, which was conducted using a sample representation from Iran’s population, asked respondents whether they approved of the actions of the present Government. The results indicated that 65 percent of the respondents were not satisfied.
Experts says not only Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad had not been able to solve the important question of price rise, but also his handling of the nuclear crisis in the one hand and crackdown against independent press, political and intellectual dissidents, a return to harsh Islamic values concerning cultural and social matters, among them the forcible removal of satellite antennas etc have all contributed to his increased unpopularity.
Fighting the daily rise of prices and solving the vital question of unemployment in a matter of few months needs a real miracle
“Fighting the daily rise of prices and solving the vital question of unemployment in a matter of few months needs a real miracle”, said former government official spokesman Anbdollah Ramazanzadeh.
It is worth noting that a survey carried a month ago by the administration’s deputy press secretary, Mohammad Paryab, produced that Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad’s popularity is rising in the Arab and Islamic countries, popularity due, according to political experts, to his outbursts against Israel and the United States.
Among the administration’s performance ans achievements, Paryab listed the presence of government officials among Hezbollahi supporters, the passage of more than 1000 executive orders, more than 140 visits to towns and villages, and Ahmadi Nezhad’s personal handling of more than 11.000 letters per month, an average of more than 44 a day.
To justify the failures of his administration, now engulfed with a series of ministerial resignation heralding a reshuffle of the cabinet, Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad routinely accuses the past governments policies of “laissez aller”. ENDS SURVEY 71006