[Marxism] Why Is Iran's Popularity Plummeting in the Middle East?

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Sun Jun 22 21:42:14 MDT 2014


The heading of this study asks why is Rouhani's popularity falling in 
the Middle East. In reality, however, in comparing Iran;s popularity 
under Ahmedinejad and under Rouhani the Pew study is actually comparing 
different time periods - and the later time period (ie, "Rouhani") is of 
course the period in which Iran is seen by hundreds of millions of Arabs 
as the key country intervening to prop up the Syrian regime and its 
Nakbah on the Syrian people. No great prizes for guessing the answer to 
the question.
MK

Why Is Rouhanis Popularity Plummeting in the Middle East?
•    BY Elias Groll
•    JUNE 19, 2014 - 12:14 PM
http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/06/19/why_is_rouhani_s_popularity_plummeting_in_the_middle_east?utm_content=bufferc0b57&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Bangladeshis think Iran is super, but among other countries, especially 
in the Middle East,  animosity runs high toward Iran, according to Pew 
Research Center.
A Pew survey released Wednesday showed that fellow Middle Easterners do 
not think as highly of regional neighbor Iran since Hassan Rouhani 
became president. In Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey, the percentage of 
respondents who viewed Iran favorably precipitously declined between 
2008 and 2014:

Graph

In Lebanon, opinions on Iran remained deeply divided. According to Pew, 
87 percent of Lebanese Shiites like Iran but 88 percent of Sunnis there 
don't. Among countries with citizens who think Iran is OK, Bangladesh 
leads the way:

Graph

Overall the world doesn't show Iran much love, not a shocking 
revelation. But what may surprise some folks is how poorly Rouhani was 
perceived in his own backyard. Although his predecessor Mahmoud 
Ahmadinejad was reviled in the West, largely thanks to his unabashed 
anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, Rouhani has emerged as something of 
a beloved figure for Westerners eager to find a self-described reformer 
in power in Tehran eager to do business with the West. But Western 
adoration has done nothing for Rouhani's popularity ratings in his 
neighborhood.

Graph

Why the likeable Rouhani suffered such a likeability gap with the 
pugnacious Ahmadinejad is something of a puzzle. The rise in antipathy 
toward Rouhani occurred mostly in countries paying dearly for Syria's 
civil war, which Iran helped fuel through its proxy, Bashar al-Assad. An 
influx of Syrian refugees has poured into Egypt and Turkey and the fight 
has landed on the Turkey-Syria border.
As for opinion of the Iranian leader in Jordan, well, it couldn't get 
much lower:

Graph

The survey was conducted using national surveys with sample sizes of 
around 1,000 people in 40 countries. Interviews were carried out between 
March and into May. The margin of error varied by country and ranged 
between 3.2 and 4.5 percent.
Graphics: Andrew Weiner/FP
BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Image




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