An integral component of better understanding our community and having its voice heard is the availability of on-going accurate statistical data about the Iranian American community.
In striving to become an accurate source of information about the Iranian American community, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), through Zogby International, has once again taken the lead in funding its third nationwide scientific survey of Iranian Americans. The survey, which will be released next month, is aimed at gathering accurate demographic and attitudinal information about the Iranian American community. The survey allows us to meet PAAIA’s primary missions: community, image, and influence building.
In addition to the demographic data about the Iranian American community, the survey explores attitudes and views of Iranian Americans on the issues that are most important to them, the role Iranian American organizations could or should play with respect to these issues, links to Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, President Obama’s handling of relations with Iran as well as their views on the U.S. presidential election of 2012.
PAAIA will use the data gathered from this survey to conduct briefings with the United State Congress and the Administration that focus on the issues most relevant and important to the Iranian American community in the US. PAAIA will also utilize this information in educating the public about issues relevant to the Iranian American population residing in the US, defining public issues and PAAIA programs that address the needs of our constituency, and influencing overall public policy.
PAAIA previously conducted two scientific public opinion surveys of Iranian Americans in 2008 and 2009. These invaluable data were the first of their kind and have been presented to the United States Congress, the media, and the general public to wide acclaim. The surveys were featured in a February 2010 State Department publication and more recently, the survey results were cited in an Amicus Brief filed by the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. They were also brought to the attention of U.S. Government officials from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at a recent panel presentation in Washington, DC.
This survey and similar initiative are not possible without the financial support of individuals like you.
PAAIA’s surveys are conducted by Zogby International, a pre-eminent polling firm, based on successful telephone interviews in English with representative sample of respondents. Zogby International surveys employ sampling strategies in which selection probabilities are proportional to population size within area codes and exchanges. The margin of error for the results of the 2008 & 2009 surveys were +/- 5 percentage points, which is an acceptable margin of error for a survey of this type.