Public Attitudes Towards Nuclear Energy in Iran
One thing that’s often left out in the debate over Iran’s nuclear energy program is the wishes of the Iranian people. Below is an overview of surveys that have been carried to gauge the level of public support for Iran’s pursuit of atomic energy. The findings of the polls, conducted since 2006, indicate two main trends.
First, an outright majority of Iranians consistently back their country’s pursuit of an atomic energy program.
Second, an outright majority of Iranians back their country’s pursuit of an atomic energy program regardless of the imposition of economic sanctions. The ratio of Iranians who expressed support for Iran’s pursuit of nuclear energy even in the case of economic sanctions in 2006, before the first UN Security Council sanctions were imposed, corresponds with the level of public support seen after seven years of increasing penalties.
Below are the results of surveys conducted by both Iranian and Western polling institutes in relation to public support for Iran’s pursuit of nuclear energy.