Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Iraqis bullish on the future

How’s this for a headline in USA TODAY: Most Iraqis say future looks brighter.

More Iraqis believe their country is headed in the right direction and fewer think it's going wrong than at any time since the U.S. invasion two years ago, according to a new poll.
The survey of 1,967 Iraqis was conducted Feb. 27-March 5, after Iraq held its first free elections in half a century in January. According to the poll, 62% say the country is headed in the right direction and 23% say it is headed in the wrong direction. That is the widest spread recorded in seven polls by the group, says Stuart Krusell, IRI director of operations for Iraq. In September, 45% of Iraqis thought the country was headed in the wrong direction and 42% thought it was headed in the right direction. The IRI is a non-partisan, U.S. taxpayer-funded group that promotes democracy abroad.

The poll showed continuing sharp differences among Iraq's ethnic and religious groups, with 33% in Arab Sunni areas believing the country is headed in the right direction, compared with 71% of Kurds and 66% in the Shiite south. The deposed regime of Saddam Hussein favored Arab Sunnis and persecuted Kurds and Shiites.

According to the poll, more than 80% of Iraqis voted Jan. 30 in the Shiite south and the Kurdish north. In Sunni areas, 44% voted.

None of this should surprise you, unless you get all your news from the MSM. Yes, the poll was pretty spread out, from February 27 to March 5, and I don't have any internals at this hasn't actually been released yet. But the IRI polls definitely seem to be trending in a pretty uniform pattern. And if you look to sources other than network tv news, CNN, and the New York Times, this is pretty consistent with what seems to be actually going on over there.

CHRENKOFF remains an excellent source for the Iraq news roundup you won't get on the tv news.

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