The Center for Public Opinion, a nonprofit institute that researches attitudes toward extremism, and the New America Foundation conducted a poll in Iran May 11-20, interviewing 1,001 people. They found Ahmadinejad with a large lead over his rivals.
They defended their work today in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post. You can read it here
Here're the opening paragraphs of their study:
In a new public opinion poll across Iran before the critical upcoming June 12, 2009 Presidential elections, a plurality of Iranians said they would vote for incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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Iranians also continue overwhelmingly to fave better relations with the United States and would like to directlyt elect their Supreme Leader in a free vote. The desire for improved American relations and a more open and democratic syustem in Iran have been consistent findings in all our surveys of Iran over the past two years.
These are among the many results of a new nationwide public opinion survey of Iran conducted by Terror Free Tomorrow: The Center for Public Opinion ("TFT"), the New America Foundation, and KA Europe SPRL ("KA").