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Majority of Iraqis Endorse Election and Show Optimism
World Public Opinion ^ | March 27th, 2006 | World Public Opinion

Posted on 03/27/2006 7:13:04 PM PST by george76

The majority of Iraqis overall view the recent parliamentary elections as valid, are optimistic that their country is going in the right direction and feel that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein has been worth the costs.

Sunnis, on the other hand...

The poll was conducted for WorldPublicOpinion.org by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and was fielded by KA Research Limited...

Among the Shia and Kurds optimism is even higher.

Seventy-six percent of Kurds and 84% of Shia say they think the country is headed in the right direction.

the ethnic divisions are very sharp.

Ninety-eight percent of Shia and 91% of Kurds say the hardships were worth it, while 83% of Sunnis say they were not.

(Excerpt) Read more at worldpublicopinion.org ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; elections; hussein; iraq; iraqielection; islam; koran; kurds; optimism; pollsiniraq; saddam; saddamhussein; shia; sunnis; terrorism; waronterror; wot
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1 posted on 03/27/2006 7:13:05 PM PST by george76
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2 posted on 03/27/2006 7:13:52 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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3 posted on 03/27/2006 7:14:52 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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What a surprise! People who were pampered and in power feel bad that they're not anymore, and the oppressed are thrilled that they've been liberated.

Oookk. How much did this poll cost ?


4 posted on 03/27/2006 7:17:03 PM PST by farlander (Strategery - sure beats liberalism!)
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To: george76

The clincher in this article is:

Iraqis overall have a positive view of the toppling of Saddam Hussein. Asked, “Thinking about any hardships you might have suffered since the US-Britain invasion, do you personally think that ousting Saddam Hussein was worth it or not?” 77% say it was worth it, while 22% say it was not.

Gallup asked the same question in April 2004. At that time, 61% said that it was worth it and 28% said that it was not.


This is a devastating repudiation of the completely bogus coverage we are receiving from American and European news organizatons. 77 percent says it was worth it and that number has increased dramatically from less than a year ago.

At some point, this pathological bubble over Iraq will burst.


5 posted on 03/27/2006 7:18:12 PM PST by lonestar67
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To: george76

You wouldn't know this from the way they are "just reporting the news straight from the Iraqi hotel wet bar". It would also be nice if the Kurds who are Sunnis would be identified as such instead of just those Sunnis in the "Sunni Triangle". The Press should be ashamed the way they elevate a handful of Sader's cronies or a bunch of Bathists as if they are representative of the majority of Iraqis.


6 posted on 03/27/2006 7:18:30 PM PST by Ma3lst0rm (Iraq is not a failure. The Media is a failure.)
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To: george76

since the lame stream media is always interested in public opinion polls I betcha this is front page news tomorrow!!


7 posted on 03/27/2006 7:22:08 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: lonestar67

77 percent nationwide "yes" is very strong.

Among the Kurds and Shia in the 90 percent plus.

Eventually, even the old media can not hide these numbers for ever.


8 posted on 03/27/2006 7:24:23 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

The Sunni take the Koran literally and consider the Shia to be heretics. The Shia, on the other hand, are more interpretive of the Koran and see the Sunni as fanatics. There is very little meeting of the minds between them. Hoo-sain is a Sunni and the "Sunni triangle", the area NW of Baghdad is a hotbed of insurgence. Tikrit is Hoo-sain's birthplace so there is a lot of opposition there.


9 posted on 03/27/2006 7:25:58 PM PST by stm (You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: Ma3lst0rm

The old media has been reporting from the hotel bar for so long, they know little else.

Maybe they get a taxi ride with a Sunni driver to get the local view.../s


10 posted on 03/27/2006 7:26:40 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I think we know they don't really care what the local Iraqis feel or think. They are reporting one thing, how they feel about it and President George W Bush.


11 posted on 03/27/2006 7:29:38 PM PST by Ma3lst0rm (Iraq is not a failure. The Media is a failure.)
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To: Ma3lst0rm; Grampa Dave; SJackson

It is amazing that the old media have given up on accuracy in their reporting.

Their reports are never the search for the truth.

Rather, how can we spin this story to hurt Bush.

If it is a negative story, then it will be Breaking News for weeks.

If it is positive and they are forced, they might run it once on page 53.


12 posted on 03/27/2006 7:38:10 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Bets on how long it takes for this story to show up in the New York Times?


13 posted on 03/27/2006 7:55:06 PM PST by lOKKI
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To: george76
The Iraqis obviously aren't watching CNN and finding out the real truth that their country is in a bloody civil war and all US efforts are hopeless failures. After all the biased CNN reporters ensconced in Baghdad luxury hotels really know what is going on and stories to the contrary told by Iraqis themselves are not to be believed.
14 posted on 03/28/2006 5:12:43 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Ma3lst0rm

The president should be ashamed of the PR part of this war, he is losing badly....


15 posted on 03/28/2006 6:27:39 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: george76

It actually would behoove (sp?) the President to come to FR and get a true sense of how the grass roots (true) conservatives are thinking, and maybe... just maybe align himself a little better with us. Becasue the way he is acting now, IMO, is he don't care about 06 elections or 08 elections, because he's not in them. So he spending all his "political capital" and spending everyone else's too...


16 posted on 03/28/2006 6:30:23 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: groovejedi

zzzzzzzz


17 posted on 03/28/2006 6:34:34 AM PST by Coop (FR= a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: groovejedi

So show us how it's done, Hero.


18 posted on 03/28/2006 6:34:54 AM PST by Coop (FR= a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

Well, uh I'm not the press secretary or a top political advisor, but even I can tell his public relations are $hity to say the least. I love W as much as the next Freeper, but crap, even I know that when you see the MSM up there bashing you're every move, you gotta get up there and fight back, and he ain't doin it.. and I never claimed to be the know it all.... I just notice that he's getting the heck beat out of him on the public ring and he needs to refute some of these outrageous allegations.


19 posted on 03/28/2006 6:58:03 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: groovejedi

so "zzzzz" yourself... I don't see you "throwing up" any real conversation....


20 posted on 03/28/2006 6:59:02 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: groovejedi
and he ain't doin it..

Yes, he is. Why can't you follow current events?

21 posted on 03/28/2006 6:59:42 AM PST by Coop (FR= a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

let's see some of that then!!!?.... I keep up with current events quite a bit, maybe I don't spend all day at FR knocking everyone else's posts like some other people here, but it is a blog isn't it? and I'm a freeper/lurker mostly and I'm entitled to type soemthing and post it, whether you like or not! so like I accidently typed to myself earlier... "zzz" yourself! :) lol get a grip!


22 posted on 03/28/2006 7:02:02 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: groovejedi
Your "get a grip" barb was especially effective at the end of your hysterical rant.

Since you spend so much time here reading and lurking, I obviously don't need to show you how often the President and his Administration refute his critics. I mean, since you're so well read and all (not to mention emotionally grounded).

23 posted on 03/28/2006 7:06:50 AM PST by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: george76

So the Sunnis are something like the Democrats here?


24 posted on 03/28/2006 7:08:51 AM PST by pleikumud
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To: Coop

My goodness... Someone forgot their medication this morning. Since I didn't forget mine, I'll forgive your crappy attitude... If you know it all, then lets here some of this famous refutiation against all these critics, because I have not seen much... and if the Pres. is doing such a great job of fighting back, then why is his poll numbers at 39 or so percent? Cause he aint fighting back...and the sheepole alwasy follow what they here the most...


25 posted on 03/28/2006 7:10:19 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: george76

great news.

thanks for posting


26 posted on 03/28/2006 7:10:42 AM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: groovejedi

Okay and I'll admit, my typing is spelling wrong what my mind is thinking.. so please forgive the spelling errors.


27 posted on 03/28/2006 7:11:28 AM PST by groovejedi
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...but it is a blog isn't it?

Nope.

28 posted on 03/28/2006 7:12:12 AM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: george76
Ninety-eight percent of Shia and 91% of Kurds say the hardships were worth it, while 83% of Sunnis say they were not.

In comparison with the Shiites, the Sunnis are the bad guys. They're more fundamentalist than the Shiites. And since they're in the minority, this can be considered good news. But the polarization of the two sides doesn't bode well for national unity.

29 posted on 03/28/2006 7:12:31 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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it's not?


30 posted on 03/28/2006 7:15:28 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: groovejedi

We've already covered your ignorance of current events. And your "crappy attitude" barb is equally as effective as your "get a grip" comment. :-D


31 posted on 03/28/2006 7:15:57 AM PST by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: george76
Thanks for posting this good news.

There also seems to be a little matter of WMD's actually having been in Iraq (so, GW was correct), according to this guy mentioned here. I heard him speak about this last night on the Daily Show in a recent repeat episode.
32 posted on 03/28/2006 7:19:46 AM PST by summer
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To: Coop

Hi Coop. I meant to also ping you on my post #32 :)


33 posted on 03/28/2006 7:20:17 AM PST by summer
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You tell everyone here of my ognorance of curretn events. You have yet to say anything substantive about this thread other cut me down... got anything worth talking about other than my ignorance? or is that a cover up?


34 posted on 03/28/2006 7:21:56 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: groovejedi

Some threads on the forum may be blog-ish but it aint a blog.


35 posted on 03/28/2006 7:21:58 AM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: summer

Hi Summer, hope all is well down your way. :-)


36 posted on 03/28/2006 7:25:54 AM PST by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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Well, Coop, I see you're this angry at everyone ou've posted to this morning, so I don't feel as stupid now... You jsut like to cut people down on every thread you've see the oppurtunity, but none of you're posts had anythign of substance in them, only cut-downs and references to other people's stupidity and ignorance... dang I thought I was special... Wanna meet in the parking lot after school? /sarc. yo and "get a grip!!!! :) lol see the humor...huh... huh.... see it see it? try real hard Coop, try, i know you have it in you, I've seen you psot for a long time.... c'mon


37 posted on 03/28/2006 7:28:25 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: Coop
All's well. Hope the same for you. :)

BTW, was that info I linked to above about the WMD's ever posted on FR? I was so surprised to see that guy say that last night.
38 posted on 03/28/2006 7:31:29 AM PST by summer
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To: groovejedi

busy trying to degrade someone else at the moment I guess, I think I bored him....


39 posted on 03/28/2006 7:32:11 AM PST by groovejedi
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Weren't you supposed to include "get a grip!" at the end of your objective, emotion-free lecture rant?
40 posted on 03/28/2006 7:33:51 AM PST by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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I think I bored him....

Aha! Perceptive...zzzzzz

41 posted on 03/28/2006 7:34:29 AM PST by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: summer

I'm not sure of the Stewart interview, but Sada has been referenced several times. Although I agree with the WMD existence in Iraq, I personally don't find him to be a compelling witness.


42 posted on 03/28/2006 7:35:25 AM PST by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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nah... I said "get-a-grip" towards the end of the rant-lecture, but not right at the end. read my entire silly post before replying..... man I'm just speakin' my mind, maybe you think it's below you, but really this thread was not meant for us to cut each other down... we should join forces to expel the illegal people before fighting amoungst ourselves... I'm legally here working, paying taxes, voting and dong my part to increase the population....you?


43 posted on 03/28/2006 7:37:21 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: groovejedi

dong=doing, forgive my speedy typing with typos...


44 posted on 03/28/2006 7:38:43 AM PST by groovejedi
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I'm legally here working, paying taxes, voting and dong my part to increase the population....you?

I snuck under the fence, get paid under the table, gripe without voting, and kill off large segments of the population.

45 posted on 03/28/2006 7:39:38 AM PST by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: Coop

HOLY! LOL

Okay, but you're just sneaking under a fence the Americans won't sneak under....voting on matters that Americans won't vote on....griping about subjects that Americans wont gripe about, and also just killing off the people the Americans won't kill? I've got a few names if you need a job...


46 posted on 03/28/2006 7:42:27 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: Coop

You and I are going to be the best of FR friends, I can tell....


47 posted on 03/28/2006 7:45:46 AM PST by groovejedi
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To: george76

I'm sure this will be on the front page of todays New York Slimes and Washington Compost.


48 posted on 03/28/2006 7:47:03 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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you gotta get up there and fight back, and he ain't doin it..

Wow. Where have YOU been lately??

49 posted on 03/28/2006 7:57:19 AM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraqi LIBERATION Vet! THANKS, son!!.)
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To: ohioWfan

I've been hearing and seeing his so-called "fighting back" but it isn't much of a fight he's putting up... IMO


50 posted on 03/28/2006 7:59:52 AM PST by groovejedi
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