LONDON (Reuters) – Forty-five percent of Iraqis believe attacks on U.S. and British troops are justified, search according to a secret poll said to have been commissioned by British defense leaders and cited by The Sunday Telegraph.
Less than 1 percent of those polled believed that the forces were responsible for any improvement in security, according to poll figures.
Eighty-two percent of those polled said they were “strongly opposed” to the presence of the troops.
The paper said the poll, conducted in August by an Iraqi university research team, was commissioned by the Ministry of Defense. [article]
I wonder if they had time to call Sunni Arabs
to put things in perspective, here is an older poll from May 2004
Opinion poll results to be released next week show nearly nine out of 10 Iraqis see US forces as occupiers rather than liberators or peacekeepers, the British newspaper The Financial Times has reported.
It quoted the Iraq Centre for Research and Strategic Studies as saying more than half of 1,600 Iraqis polled wanted the US-led coalition troops to leave Iraq, compared to results of about 20 per cent in an October survey.
The poll was conducted before photos showing abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US troops were made public. [article]