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March 17, 2008
Iraqi Poll: Confidence in future grows substantially
A poll conducted by several western news agencies and polling groups surveyed more than 2200 Iraiqs and found a considerable improvement in their outlook compared to a similar poll taken last August:
Improved security and economic conditions have reversed Iraqis’ spiral of despair, sharply improving hopes for the country’s future. Yet deep problems remain, in terms of security, living conditions, reconciliation and political progress alike. The idea behind the surge was correct; give the people security and their support for the government will grow. And while there has been vast improvement in attitudes, as the study points out, there is still a long way to go until Iraqis can feel entirely secure and confident about their future.
Fifty-five percent of Iraqis say things in their own lives are going well, well up from 39 percent as recently as August. More, 62 percent, rate local security positively, up 19 points. And the number who expect conditions nationally to improve in the year ahead has doubled, to 46 percent in this new national poll by ABC News, the BBC, ARD German TV and the Japanese broadcaster NHK.
Without directly crediting the surge in U.S. forces, fewer report security as the main problem in their own lives – 25 percent, nearly half its peak last spring. Forty-six percent say local security has improved in the past six months, nearly double last summer’s level. The number of Iraqis who feel entirely unsafe in their own area has dropped by twothirds, to 10 percent. And with Sunni Arab buy-in, U.S.-funded Awakening Councils, created to provide local security, are more popular than the Iraqi government itself.
The rest of the poll results can be found here. (PDF required)