Saturday, December 30, 2006

Security situation will improve if US troops leave?

William posts this item but states: "This, like most opinion polls conducted in today's Middle East, is grossly misleading. Certainly most Iraqis wish to see the West leave immediately but not by as large a majority as this poll indicates. Note that 80 per cent of the respondents in this poll were from Baghdad. The residents of Baghdad have been terrorised for months now by a US trained police force staffed entirely by either brutal insurgents or militiamen or thieves. Plus all the other misery they have endured since the liberation. If you polled the Kurds or the Shiites in provincial Iraq (the majority of the population) you'd get a very different result."

About 90 percent of Iraqis feel that the situation in the country was better ahead of the US-led invasion than it is today, according to a poll conducted by the Iraq Centre for Research and Strategic Studies (ICRSS).

The poll results have a margin error of + or - 3.1 percent. The findings emerged after house-to-house interviews conducted by the ICRSS during the third week of November. About 2,000 people from Baghdad (82 percent), Anbar and Najaf (nine percent each) were randomly asked to express their opinion. Twenty-four percent of the respondents were women.

Only five percent of those questioned said Iraq is better today than in 2003. While 89 percent of the people said the political situation had deteriorated, 79 percent saw a decline in the economic situation; 12 percent felt things had improved and nine percent said there was no change. Predictably, 95 percent felt the security situation was worse than before.


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