I doubt that Iranians support their despotic government
This story makes no sense. Why would Iranians back their oppressors? The government is in the hands of genocidal Islamic religious bigots whose desire for hegemony in the region is putting all Iranians at risk. Even the recent moves by the Saudis are no threat to Iran itself, but only to its proxies which Iran's regime uses to try to control strategic areas in the region. Since there is no real freedom of expression in the country, I am inclined to believe that this story is buying regime propaganda.Once sneering and cynical about the government, middle-class, reform-minded Iranians are backing their hard-line leaders amid a surge of patriotism.