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06/16/2004: The headline says it all....

From Juan Cole: Poll: 55% of Iraqis Would feel Safer without US Troops 67% Support Muqtada al-Sadr

Don't those damned ingrates appreciate the open schools? :-)

Associated Press reports a Coalition Provisional Authority poll of Iraqis taken in the middle of May that had only been used internally by the CPA and not released to the US public. The numbers do not reflect well on Bush administration policies in Iraq. The poll is available at the CPA site.

55% of Iraqis say they would feel safer if the US troops would just leave. And over half thought that all Americans behave the way the accused prison guards at Abu Ghuraib did. AP notes
' The prison scandal has also become fodder in the United States, as Democratic challenger John Kerry accuses Bush of failing to set a proper moral tone. ''I think the president is underestimating the full affect of what has happened in the world to our reputation because of that prison scandal,'' Kerry said Tuesday. '
You betcha.
And keep in mind: This is a CPA poll. Once you take into account the natural inclination of people to tell a polltaker for a special interest what they want to hear, you wonder what the real measure of Iraqi dissatisfaction is. Considerably more than being reported here.

Len on 06.16.04 @ 11:47 AM CST

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