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POLL: ABC/BBC/NKH Iraq Survey


A new ABC News/BBC/NHK survey (ABC story, results, methodology; BBC story, results) of 2,212 adults in Iraq, including oversamples in Anbar province, Basra city, Kirkuk and the Sadr City section of Baghdad (conducted 8/17 through 8/24) finds:

  • 33% approve of the way Nouri Kamel al-Maliki is handling his job as prime minister; 66% disapprove.
  • 70% believe the U.S. increase in the number of its forces in Baghdad and surrounding provinces in the past six months has made "security in areas where these forces have been sent" worse; 18% say better.
  • 47% say U.S. and other coalition forces should "leave now" from Iraq, 34% say they should "remain until security is restored", 10% say "remain until the Iraqi government is stronger," 7% say "remain until the Iraqi security forces can operate independently, and 2% say "remain longer but leave eventually."

Update: ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer discusses the methodology in more detail.

 

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