Good News Poll on Iraq Via ABC
Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high. But views of the country's situation overall are far less positive, and there are vast differences in views among Iraqi groups — a study in contrasts between increasingly disaffected Sunni areas and vastly more positive Shiite and Kurdish provinces.
Surprising? Well if ABC and the MSM covered the good news from Iraq instead of only the road side bombs and deaths, and got out and did real reporting like Michael Yon, maybe they would not have been "surprised"..........................
Disaffected Sunni areas? Well yes I image there is disaffected Sunni's given they have been a brutal minority ruling with terror for years. That's sort of the whole insurgency factor don't you think? So 26% want the US to leave now, and 19% want the US to leave after the elections this month, and that should not be a surprise. Regardless of the positive future that a "huge" majority (69%) of Iraqis believe is developing in their country, I think its normal and reasonable for a country to want to get on with the re-development of their country with as little foreign involvement as possible. That said 31% want the coalition to stay until the country stabilizes and 16% until the country can operate independently. The bottom line is that only 26% wanted us to leave yesterday 45% want the US to leave back then or after the election - 47% want us to stay until the country is stable.
The other interesting thing is that 71% say their lives are going well, but 52% are saying the country is doing badly. The violence is isolated to certain hot zones but a majority of the country is stable. If the violence was more wide spread I wonder how those points might change. Sort of things are good here, so I am good with speeding up the coalition leaving. Its good that things are going well for so many that they think the coalition can leave soon, but it might be a bit optimistic on their part because they don't face the same issues and dangers that a minority of their country men face.
I bet if you polled the Japanese or Germans after WWII there would have been a desire for the US and the coalition to leave sooner than later. That said, I will also bet as they saw things changing and as democracy began to take hold, they had the same optimism for the future that we see today from the Iraqis. No one desires to be occupied, but the end benefits of what is going on currently to pave the way for democracy in Iraq appears pretty clear to me in this latest polling.
The Opinionated Bastard has posted a good visual presentation of the polling that clearly shows that things are in fact going well in Iraq:
ABC Good News Poll on Iraq