'Dramatic' change in Iraqi attitudes about the future

An ABC-BBC-NHK poll that surveyed more than 2200 Iraqis across all 18 provinces has found dramatic improvements on how the people see their own security.

The poll is the sixth in a series of surveys stretching back to March 2004 and shows a marked overall improvement in perceptions, the BBC's Adam Mynott says.

Its findings show striking shifts in opinion since the last poll in March 2008.
 

On security, 85% of all respondents described the current situation as very good or quite good - up 23% on a year ago:

a total of 52% say security has improved over the last year, up 16% on March 2008

  • only 8% say it is worse - against 26% last year
  • 59% feel safe in their neighbourhoods, up 22% from 37% last time.
There is also an improved outlook on basic services like power and water.

The increase in Sunnis who believe their lives are better is twice that of Shias.

One nation is seen as playing a more negative role than the United States - Iran.

Overall, the poll reflects a stabilizing situation where the people are now capable of building a government.



An ABC-BBC-NHK poll that surveyed more than 2200 Iraqis across all 18 provinces has found dramatic improvements on how the people see their own security.

The poll is the sixth in a series of surveys stretching back to March 2004 and shows a marked overall improvement in perceptions, the BBC's Adam Mynott says.

Its findings show striking shifts in opinion since the last poll in March 2008.

 

On security, 85% of all respondents described the current situation as very good or quite good - up 23% on a year ago:

a total of 52% say security has improved over the last year, up 16% on March 2008

  • only 8% say it is worse - against 26% last year
  • 59% feel safe in their neighbourhoods, up 22% from 37% last time.
There is also an improved outlook on basic services like power and water.

The increase in Sunnis who believe their lives are better is twice that of Shias.

One nation is seen as playing a more negative role than the United States - Iran.

Overall, the poll reflects a stabilizing situation where the people are now capable of building a government.