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POLL: ABC/USA TODAY/BBC/ARD Iraq Survey


A new ABC News/USA Today/BBC/ARD German TV survey (release; ABC story, results; USA Today story, results; BBC story, results; ARD story) of 2,212 adults in Iraq (conducted 2/25 through 3/5) finds:

  • 78% of Iraqi adults oppose the presence of coalition forces in Iraq; 22% support it.
  • 65% believe coalition forces should stay in Iraq until its government and security forces are stronger and operating independently; 35% believe they should leave now.
  • 56% do not think Iraq is in a civil war, 42% think it is.
  • In a sidebar article, ABC Polling Director Gary Langer describes in detail the "extensive planning, coordinated effort -- and some luck" involved in fielding this survey, including "harrowing tales" of interviewers who "witnessed some of the bombings, shootings and beatings that, as the survey shows, are widespread in Iraq."

 

Comments
Karl:

As I note here, it appears that the poll sample is badly skewed toward the Sunni Arab population.

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Brent:

A lot not only depends on who was asked as divisions run so deep in the entire Middle East, but also how the questions are asked. The online version of The London Times published a survey they did of 5,000 Iraqis and it said roughly 70% did not feel the country was in civil war yet and almost the same percentage said they were much better off today than when the old regime was in power.

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