=== ADDED AFTER WE RECEIVED THE LINK TO THE "POLL" === After having reviewed what is being termed as a "poll" - These are the comments we can make:
1. A "poll" is the casting and registering of votes on an issue from a sample size that enables one to project the views of a larger population by using statistical modeling.
2. An unsubstantiated story going around the internet claims that the Government of Iran conducted a poll that concluded that, "Sixty-three percent of users said they favor suspending Iran's uranium enrichment in exchange for a gradual lifting of international sanctions." However, no one appears to be able to produce a screen shot (or even a dead link) to the alleged poll (we have tools that enable us to retrieve deleted information from the internet).
3. The claimed results of the alleged poll are also dubious on their face given that most people subject to economic sanctions would reasonably be expected to desire an immediate lifting of sanctions and not a "gradual lifting" of sanctions, as the poll claims. It is not impossible for this to have been the result of a poll (if one was in fact conducted), but on its face it raises questions and must be verified. So far, there is not even a showing that a poll was conducted.
4. One link we received to the alleged poll to supposedly prove the poll was conducted by the 'Government of Iran' leads only leads to a Pars Daily News, which is not the 'Government of Iran,' but an exile-group website in support of Mr. Pahlavi.
5. We do not care who anyone supports in terms of political figures - whether it is Pahlavi or whomever. But one of the duties we have is to determine whether stories passed-off as news are factually accurate. In this case, the story about the Government of Iran conducting a poll that appears at the link provided is false.
6. One of the matters we are aware occurs on this website with regularity and that we investigate and pursue are internet threats aimed at influencing or inhibiting the participation and speech of people seeking to contribute to online dialogue. We take that very seriously as two individuals recently learned in the real world through the service of papers relating to California Penal Code § 646.9 (anti-Cyberstalking statute: unlawful threat "means a verbal or written threat, including that performed through the use of an electronic communication device, or a threat implied by a pattern of conduct..." ) and 47 USC § 223. If you have been made the subject of unlawful threats on this website be certain to report those threats to your local law enforcement and to contact the US Department of Justice at AskDOJ@usdoj.gov. You can also make send a screenshot of the improper activity to us to help us keep a record of websites that permit others to influence or inhibit participation and speech through unfair business practices.
=== ADDED AFTER WE RECEIVED THE LINK TO THE "POLL" ===
After having reviewed what is being termed as a "poll" - These are the comments we can make:
So there you have it: It wasn't a true poll; the methodology used by the website in Iran was awful; and the BBC exploited the so-called "poll" for its propaganda value instead seeking to educate people about the flaws of the "poll." To be perfectly frank, I am not sure who was smarter: the Iranian website or the BBC. If tomorrow the Iranian website admitted the deficiencies in the poll and stated that they posted it to show that the BBC engages in propaganda regarding Iran's nuclear program, they may be deemed the clever ones because that could easily be proven based on how the BBC reported the story.
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