What are your political views, in general? Who did you vote for in the last presidential election?Nabby, male, age 22, single, university student, major: civil engineering
I identify with the reformist parties. While they have positive points, they also make negative ones. For example, during Khatami's time, we suspended our nuclear program for two years. But Ahmadinejad pursued our goal seriously. I approve of Khatami's social policy, as a whole, and developing relations with European countries; he was the first president to visit a European country. Khatami escalated our position in the international community. But Ahmadinejad is trying to improve Iran's economy, as well as women's issues, saying that strands of hair sticking out of scarves should not be our focus; rather, we have more important things to worry about, such as repairing managerial styles, and improving industry. Our judiciary is trying to pass a law to arrest women wearing bad hejab, but Ahmadinejad totally opposes this. He also supports women being allowed into stadiums, even though the Council of Experts voted against this recent proposal by the president.
Zohre, female, age 36, married, mother, occupation: homemaker
I voted for Ahmadinejad, and so did my three girls. He's doing so much work, all over the country. My husband voted for Rafsanjani.
Parvene, female, age 34, single, occupation: accountant
I didn't vote, but I knew Ahmadinejad would win because everybody was saying he'd get the vote.
Saman, Kurdish, male, age 29, married, father, occupation: businessman
Politically, I support the leftist party. I didn't vote in the last presidential election because my favored candidate (Moeen) did not make it to the secondary elections.
Mahta, female, age 43, married, mother, occupation: elementary school teacher
I voted for Ahmadinejad.
Mehdi, male, age 18, single, university student, major: architecture
I voted for Ahmadinejad. A lot of people in Tehran didn't even vote. Here's my opinion on voting: it is a responsibility. Even if you don't like any of the candidates, and you think they're all bad, it is your duty to vote, even if your party is not represented.
The people who voted for Rafsanjani mainly fall into one of two groups. The first group consists of people afraid of war; the second, bazaaris (merchants of the bazaar), who are concerned about their own capital.
Mohsen, male, age 27, occupation: electrician
I voted for Ahmadinejad because I liked his ideas for Iran.
Reza, male, age 31, single, occupation: businessman
I do not identify with any political party, and up until today, have never voted.
Morteza, male, age 50, married, father, war vet, occupation: electrical engineer
I identify with Hezbollah. I voted for Rafsanjani because I was sure that he had plenty of experience, and that he wouldn't sell out Iran. But I've changed my mind, and learned that it's better to have someone morally pure, such as Ahmadinejad, to run the country; experience isn't as important to me anymore.
Fakhri, female, age 57, widowed, mother, occupation: homemaker
I'm a nationalist; I love my country. Usually, I vote every year, but this past election was the first time I didn't because I wasn't well acquainted with the candidates, and didn't care much for Rafsanjani. But now that Ahmadinejad is in power, I've grown to like him. I haven't seen any signs of corruption, and he seems honest, well-intentioned, and a true Muslim.
Farinaz, female, age 19, single, university student, major: general sciences
I'm an independent. I voted for Rafsanjani, with the idea that he would place more value on the youth.
Rayhaneh, female, age 18, university student, major: psychology
My politics support the supreme leader and Mr. Ahmadinejad.
Alireza, male, age 18, university student, major: civil engineering
If I hear logical ideas, then I'll agree. For instance, Ahmadinejad's claim that America should build confidence, rather than Iran, since America is the one with nuclear weapons, makes sense. I voted for Rafsanjani because I wasn't familiar with the other candidates. I didn't want to risk a worse situation than what we went through with him. At first, I didn't like Ahmadinejad, but now I do, and regret not voting for him. So far, he's accomplished at least 50-percent of his promises. The administration now is much better to be up against a force like America; I think we can make a 180-degree improvement because of this.
Flor, female, age 45, married, mother, occupation: retired high school teacher, petrochemical engineer
I voted for Ahmadinejad.
Autefeh, female, age 15, high school student, aspiring artist
I couldn't vote because I wasn't 16 years old, but if I were, I would've supported Mr. Ahmadinejad.
Elaheh, female, age 38, married, mother, occupation: homemaker
I didn't vote because I didn't know enough about the candidates.
Marzieh, female, age 22, single, university student, major: mathematics
I go with the most logical and rational political party. With the talks surrounding the presidential campaigns, Ahmadinejad seemed an idealist, but now I agree with his actions. I knew without a doubt that I didn't want Rafsanjani, but I had voted null on the ballots.
Hossein, male, age 37, married, father, occupation: management design and information systems specialist
I do not identify with any political parties. Iranians are generally wise, so they don't participate in those fake politics. I haven't voted once in my life.