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Poll of Polls: How do candidates fare ahead of June 28 presidential vote


By Press TV Website Staff

As the countdown begins for the June 28 snap presidential election, voters in the Islamic Republic of Iran are weighing their options to exercise their franchise in favor of the most competent candidate.

According to the latest "poll of polls," Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the speaker of the Iranian parliament and a veteran politician, is significantly ahead of other contenders in the race.

Released on Thursday, the opinion poll, an interview-based pre-election field survey conducted by independent agencies, shows Qalibaf holding an edge over other hopefuls.

Saeed Jalili, the former nuclear negotiator and head of the country's top security body, trails behind in second place.

The survey, conducted on June 11, 12, and 13, included participants from Tehran, various other provinces, provincial capitals, and selected villages.

All respondents were over the age of 18.

In the first survey, among those who said they would definitely cast their ballots on June 28, 22 percent indicated they would vote for Qalibaf.

Jalili is the second favorite, with 19.2 percent respondents saying they would vote for him.

Masoud Pezeshkian, a senior lawmaker and former health minister, is next on the list, with 9.8 percent backing the parliamentarian from northwestern Iran.

Amir-Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, the former lawmaker and current head of the foundation for martyrs, followed with 3.1 percent respondents inclined to vote for him.

Alireza Zakani, the Mayor of Tehran and former lawmaker, and Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the former minister of interior affairs, both received support from 1.1 percent respondents of the survey.

A total of 41.7 percent of respondents were still undecided about their choice.

In another survey among those who said they would definitely or probably vote on June 28, Qalibaf again emerged as a clear favorite, with 20.5 percent support.

Jalili followed with 15.4 percent, and Pezeshkian was third with 12.1 percent.

Hashemi’s support remained unchanged at 3.1 percent.

Zakani and Pourmohammadi received 1.9 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.

In the second survey, 2.1 percent of respondents indicated they would cast a "white vote," meaning they do not support any of the six candidates.

A total of 42 percent were still undecided, and 1.8 percent said they would refrain from voting in the June 28 election.

Six candidates running for the top executive office, approved by the country's top election supervisory body, are currently campaigning through both state media and in the field.

Voting will be held on June 28 both within the country and in designated polling stations in various countries for overseas Iranians.

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