Results of survey from last year in April 2008. They seem to mirror the kinds of numbers we saw in the election result. http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/apr08/Iran_Apr08_rpt.pdf "About two thirds of Iranians make positive assessments of Iran’s government and general direction. Asked, “Generally speaking, do you think things in Iran today are going in the right direction or…the wrong direction?” 65 percent say things are moving in the right direction, while 24 percent disagree." "Three in four Iranians say that they trust the government to do what is right at least some of the time. Respondents were asked how much of the time they “trust the national government in Tehran to do what is right.” Forty-eight percent said the government could be trusted most of the time, and another 26 percent said it could be trusted some of the time. Just 14 percent answered “rarely” (11%) or “never” (2%)." "Two thirds also approve of how President Ahmadinejad is handling his job at home and his dealings with other countries. Sixty-six percent approved “of the way President Ahmadinejad is handling his job as president,” while 22 percent disapproved. To probe deeper into these sentiments of support, the study asked questions about “the way President Ahmadinejad has been traveling abroad and speaking about Iran’s foreign policy.” Sixty-three percent said the president’s activities have made “the overall security of Iran” “mostly better”; only 14 percent said this has made Iran’s security mostly worse. Similarly, 64 percent said Ahmadinejad’s activities had made “other countries’ views of Iran” mostly better; 16 percent said his work had made these countries’ views worse." Note how strong Ahmadinejad's support is amongst people with lower income --- this has of-course been the policy of the President, to bring the masses of Iran closer to the Islamic government. And he has been successful in doing this, of-course, the concern for the economy is an issue, and no one in the government is denying that... But it would be very wrong to say that this leads to the people being alienated from the Islamic Republic. Among low-income respondents, 75 percent approved of Ahmadinejad’s performance; When asked whether “Shari’a should play a larger role, a smaller role, or about the same role as it plays today” in the way Iran is governed, only 14 percent wanted Shari’a to play a smaller role. However, only a third wanted it to play a larger role (34%). Nearly half preferred to hold the status quo on Shari’a (45%).