Iraqis Want Us Gone

The Washington Post, in association with the University of Maryland and two other polling outfits, has conducted an opinion poll across Iraq on the subject of the continued presence of Coalition troops. I bet no one could have guessed this, what with the tranquil easy life they're living in Iraq, but it turns out they want us gone. Ingrates.

In Baghdad, for example, nearly three-quarters of residents polled said they would feel safer if U.S. and other foreign forces left Iraq, with 65 percent of those asked favoring an immediate pullout, according to State Department polling results obtained by The Washington Post.

....Another new poll, scheduled to be released on Wednesday by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, found that 71 percent of Iraqis questioned want the Iraqi government to ask foreign forces to depart within a year.

....The director of another Iraqi polling firm, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared being killed, said public opinion surveys he conducted last month showed that 80 percent of Iraqis who were questioned favored an immediate withdrawal.

So, the Iraqis don't support our occupation. Big surprise. When every indicator is pointing in the wrong direction - infrastructure, economy, utilities... hell, even torture is worse now than it was under Saddam.

Check out the graphical representations of the polling data. Those are what we call "strong majorities."
(h/t Drum)

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