(Persia Digest) – The key issues of Tehranis have been identified in a scientific poll.

The poll was conducted by the Tehran City Council in October 2018. The statistical population included 5000 people resident in the capital of Iran from a selection of 300 densely populated areas of Tehran, such as near roundabouts and main crossroads.

The survey had four main focal points, including “The main concern of Tehranis today”, “Evaluation of City Council performance”, “Evaluation of rise/drop of bribery and nepotism in the City Council”, “How well do you know the new Mayor?”

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The first point - “The main concern of Tehranis today” – indicates that, among the 62 parameters declared by the capital dwellers, the basket of financial issues was their top concern with a 67.6 percent weight, followed by city life and rural issues with a 3.5 percent weight, and political, social, and cultural issues ranking third.

Of the top ten financial issues mentioned by the citizens, 27.4 percent said “inflation and the high cost of living” was their main concern, followed by the “bad economic situation”, “unemployment”, “financial problems, impoverishment, and low income”, “currency fluctuations”, “livelihood”, “accommodation”, “rent”, “drop in national currency value”, and “shortage of goods”.

Of issues pertaining directly to the city “traffic and pollution” featured as the main challenge of Tehrani citizens with a 2.9 percent weight.

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The first point also included the question “Do you think your financial concerns will subside or increase in the future?” to which eighty percent of participants answered this will increase, or that they held no high hopes for an improvement.

The level of pessimism inevitably varied among different groups taking part in the poll (statistical population of 18+). For instance, men were more pessimistic than women, married people more so than single people, middle-aged persons (35-45 years) more so than others, and tenants more so than owners.

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