Daily Israel Report

Most Iranians Want to End Nuclear Program

A poll on Iranian state TV shows that most citizens want to stop nuclear program in face of sanctions.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/8/2012, 6:15 PM

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president
Reuters

Most Iranian citizens want to end their country’s nuclear program in order to end international sanctions, according to a new poll. The poll ran on the website of Iranian state TV network IRINN, which apparently did not expect the results it got.

After finding that 63% said they would respond to Western sanctions by “the suspension of uranium enrichment in exchange for gradual lifting of sanctions,” IRINN replaced the poll with a survey on a government proposal to close the Strait of Hormuz. The second poll showed opposition to government policy as well, with 89% saying the strait should remain open.

The site published an analysis in which it argued that the results “by no means can reflect the views of all or even the majority of the revolutionary people of Iran.” The Iranian government has frequently argued that its nuclear program is a “natural right.”

IRINN later claimed that the poll had been hacked, and that in reality just 24% of respondents had supported ending uranium enrichment. The channel accused the BBC of changing the results, a charge that the BBC rejected as “both ludicrous and completely false.”

The BBC added, “There is a significant audience within Iran which depends on BBC Persian to provide impartial and trusted news, and we are confident they are familiar with the state media’s tactics.”

A recent poll in Israel found that two thirds of Israelis favor Israeli military action to end Iran’s nuclear program if sanctions fail to achive this end. Of those supporting Israeli military action, 71% would continue to support such action even if Washington opposed an Israeli strike.