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A Majority of Iraqis Are Optimistic

A Majority of Iraqis Are Optimistic, Says Poll

According to a recent poll of more than 2,000 Iraqis, more than 50 percent think their lives are good, better than any time in the last three years. The findings also suggest that a majority believe that security in their area has improved since 2007.

While most Iraqis still believe US troops are making things worse, the number who want the Americans to pull out immediately has fallen, with strong division among Iraq's main ethnic groups.

Fifty-five percent of all Iraqis believe that their lives are good, but only 33 percent of Sunnis are happy with their lives, compared with 62 percent of Shias and 73 percent of Kurds, showing that the Sunni population still remains alienated. However, 62 percent of all those polled say security in their own area is good, up from 43 percent last year.

As a testament to the strength of their optimism in the face of adversity, this picture shows Iraqi security forces today, gathered around the wreckage of a car bomb explosion in central Baghdad's Nidal Street. Two people were killed and eight others were wounded in the blast.

What do you think of these findings? Do you think Iraqis are optimistic because of US efforts there or in spite of them?


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remedios remedios 9 years
good for them. what else is there?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I wonder how these stats compare to other countrys' re: happiness...
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Oooo GREAT quote! :MEDAL:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
"At the end of the day hope and fear is better than fear alone." I could not agree more!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
What worries me is that the sunnis aren't happy this sows seeds for situations which lead to genocides as one ethnicity is perceived as being favoured over another. Anyway I can't wait to see Iraq built up and fixed.
zeze zeze 9 years
I think as bad as things are in Iraq right now and as bad as things will be for some time, Iraq (the majority at least) will remain hopeful because most of them will admit that without the US removing Saddam he and his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids would never be gone. The Sunnis were the only ones living a life w/o a constant state of fear, without having to wonder if their family members have been taken by Saddam's henchmen and slaughtered b/c they were in the area of a place rumored to be talking negatively about his greatness the president when they are late. Sure there are tons of problems, fear, and murders going on now, but I think most feel this is a transitional period that may/will pass, while Saddam's hold was there to stay until a bigger power took it out. At the end of the day hope and fear is better than fear alone. One thing I am disappointed in seeing is the lack of national attention to humanitarian aid for starving families and children, the lack of medicine. I get no one wants to send troops and fight this war, but countries like France (and many others) as well as the UN don't seem concerned with basic humanity just to spite the US and say "I told you so."
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
It would have been interesting if they could/would have compared the results between now, three years ago and before the invasion to get a real feel of the situation. "Do you think Iraqis are optimistic because of US efforts there or in spite of them?" - I don't think everyone there is optimistic about having another country's forces in their country for such a long period, but I do believe that they are seeing positive effects of the US being there and it is having a positive effect on their lives.
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