- They have generally unfavorable views of Iran – 59%
- They believe government doesn’t respect its citizens’ freedoms – 61%
- They oppose Tehran’s nuclear ambition
The image is a product of not only the intransigence of the religious and other leadership to engage in serious nuclear negotiations, but to the country’s association with terrorist activities and the near comedic diplomatic strategy of former President Ahmadinejad with his confrontational speeches and overtures to leaders, like Hugo Chavez.
The election result appears to confirm a substantial body of opinion in favor of a lighter touch. If Rouhani represents a real change, can he get some room to operate?
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