Coming Soon: PAAIA’s 2013 Survey of Iranian Americans
January 29, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) announced today that it has commissioned George Mason University to conduct its fifth nationwide scientific survey of Iranian Americans. The survey, results of which will be released next month, is aimed at gathering accurate demographic and attitudinal information about the Iranian American community, and helps PAAIA to fulfill its primary missions: community, image, and influence building.
PAAIA’s previous survey, conducted in 2012 by Zogby Research Services, examined the attitudes and views of Iranian Americans towards possible U.S. or Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear sites or other facilities as well as their concerns on how such hostilities with Iran may impact their lives in America. In addition to touching on these issues, the 2013 survey will, among other things, explore Iranian Americans’ links to Iran, ask what issues are most important to them, and gauge their views on President Obama’s handling of Iran.
As we have done with our previous surveys, PAAIA will use the data gathered from this survey to conduct briefings with the United States Congress and the Obama administration that focus on the issues most relevant and important to Iranian Americans. PAAIA will also utilize this information in educating the public about issues relevant to the Iranian American population as well as defining public issues and PAAIA programs that address the needs of our constituency.
PAAIA’s surveys serve as invaluable data sources, and have been presented to the United States Congress, the State Department, the media, and the general public to wide acclaim. The surveys were featured in a February 2010 State Department publication, and 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 cited numerous times at a roundtable discussion between Administration officials and Iranian American community leaders hosted by the White House in July 2012.
However, this survey and similar initiatives are not possible without the financial support of individuals like you. Your support will enable us to conduct this survey and others to ensure that the voice of the Iranian American community is heard clearly.
PAAIA’s surveys are based on successful telephone interviews in English with a representative sample of respondents. The 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 surveys are +/- 5 percentage points, which is an acceptable margin of error for a survey of this type.