Monday, March 19, 2007

Iraqis say they are worse off

A new face-to-face poll conducted in Iraq finds most Iraqis pessimistic about their lives and the war's outcome.

Continued violence and disruptions to most aspects of daily life have defined the instability and uncertainty that many Iraqis live with.

An excerpt from an AP/MSNBC article:

The number of Iraqis who say their own life is going well has dipped from 71 percent in November 2005 to 39 percent now.

About three-fourths of Iraqis report feelings of anger, depression and difficulty concentrating.
More than half of Iraqis have curtailed activities like going out of their homes, going to markets or other crowded places and traveling through police checkpoints.

Only 18 percent of Iraqis have confidence in U.S. and coalition troops, and 86 percent are concerned that someone in their household will be a victim of violence.


Full article available at the above link.

Also should point out that a conflicting poll is being covered at the Times Online.

That poll, conducted by ORB, finds that only 26% of Iraqis preferred life under Saddam Hussein's regime, despite the current widespread violence and atrocities.