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Majority of Iranians say sanctions are affecting their livelihood

July 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM   |   Comments

PRINCETON, N.J., July 1 (UPI) -- Iranians say they're feeling the effects of sanctions against their country's nuclear program, with half indicating their livelihood has been hurt, Gallup said.

The sanctions' cumulative result has destabilized the Iranian economy, producing runaway inflation and spiraling unemployment, Gallup said Monday in a report on a survey of the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Twenty-seven percent of Iranians in the workforce are unemployed and 34 percent are underemployed, the report said.

Half of Iranian adults said the sanctions hurt their livelihoods a great deal and 35 percent stated their livelihoods have been hurt somewhat, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Forty-six percent of Iranians said they hold the United States responsible for the international sanctions on their country. Thirteen percent blamed the Iranian government.

Gallup said its polling also indicated Iranians' emotional well-being has deteriorated over the past two years. More than half said they felt a lot of worry, sadness and anger during much of the day before they were surveyed.

Results are based on telephone surveys of Iranians age 15 and older, conducted in February-March 2011, 1,003 interviews; January 2012, 1,000 interviews; December 2012-January 2013, 2,507 interviews; and May-June 2013, 1,000 interviews in Iran. The margin of sampling error is 3.8 percentage points.

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