President Rohani’s job approval rating stands at 48%, similar to his 49% reading on Feb. 2015, but down from 58% last winter. Disapproval inched up 4 points since Feb. 2015 from 29 to 33 percent.

Based on the poll conducted by iPOS in May 2015, 37% of Iranians say they "approve" of the way Mr. Rohani is handling his job as president, while 11% say they "somewhat approve". At the critical end of the five-point spectrum, 28% express their "dissatisfaction" with Mr. Rohani’s performance, and 5% say they are "somewhat dissatisfied" with how Mr. Rohani is handling his job. Fifteen percent have a neutral view (considered as an average favorability rating for purposes of this poll), and another 7% register other options such as "I have no idea", "not interested in this topic", and "I don’t know".

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Rohani Job Performance Ratings Based on Gender, Age, Educational Level and Location

The president’s job approval rating does not vary in a statistically significant way when analyzed according to the gender, educational level and location of respondents. Marked differences are apparent across age cohorts, with 70% of those aged 59 or more approving of Mr. Rohani’s job performance, 49% for ages 45-59, 40% for ages 30-44 and 47% for ages 18-29. Mr. Rohani’s favorability is still high among elderly Iranians, but his approval has dropped among all other age cohorts since Feb 2015.

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Survey Methods:

  • Results are based on telephone interviews conducted on May 27 to 29 2015, with a random sample of 680 Iranian adults aged 18 and older who are currently residing in Iran.
  • The iPOS proportional two-stage sample includes respondents from every province.
  • Results are weighted by gender, age and location (urban vs. rural areas) based on the Iranian national census of 2011.
  • Based on the sample, it can be stated with 95% confidence that the margin of sampling error is ± 3.8 percentage points.
  • Native Farsi speakers conducted the interviews during daylight hours in Iran. Interviewers were trained prior to conducting the poll.

Remark:

Presidential job approval is an important indicator of how reformists, moderates, and conservatives might perform in the upcoming 2014 parliamentary elections and 2016 presidential elections. iPOS tracks the presidential job approval rating among all Iranian adults aged 18 and older on a quarterly basis.