Iraqis approve of attacks on troops, want soldiers out


About six in 10 Iraqis say they approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces, and slightly more than that want their government to ask U.S. troops to leave within a year, a poll finds.

The Iraqis also have negative views of Osama bin Laden, according to the early September poll of 1,150.

The poll, done for University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes, found:

  • Almost four in five Iraqis say the U.S. military force in Iraq provokes more violence than it prevents.
  • About 61 percent approved of the attacks — up from 47 percent in January. A solid majority of Shiite and Sunni Arabs approved of the attacks, according to the poll. The increase came mostly among Shiite Iraqis.
  • An overwhelmingly negative opinion of terror chief bin Laden and more than half, 57 percent, disapproving of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • Three-fourths say they think the U.S. plans to keep military bases in Iraq permanently.
  • A majority of Iraqis, 72 percent, say they think Iraq will be one state five years from now. Shiite Iraqis were most likely to feel that way, though a majority of Sunnis and Kurds also believed that would be the case.

The PIPA poll, which included an oversample of 150 Sunni Iraqis, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The State Department, meanwhile, has conducted its own poll, something it does periodically, spokesman Sean McCormack said. The State Department poll found two-thirds of Iraqis in Baghdad favor an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces, according to The Washington Post. McCormack declined to discuss details of the department’s poll.

"What I hear from government representatives and other anecdotal evidence that you hear from Iraqis that is collected by embassy personnel and military personnel is that Iraqis do appreciate our presence there," he said. "They do understand the reasons for it, they do understand that we don’t want to or we don’t intend to be there indefinitely."

An Iraqi public opinion research firm with a proven record of conducting scientifically valid surveys conducted the department’s poll, press officer Janelle Hironimus said later.

"We will not identify the firm in order to protect it and its employees from danger," she said.

Iraqi officials have said Iraq’s security was improving and expanding throughout the country, and most U.S. troops might be able to leave eventually.

Last week, Iraqi President Jalal Talibani told the United Nations that coalition forces should remain in Iraq until Iraqi security forces are "capable of putting an end to terrorism and maintaining stability and security."


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  1. Duh, those ungrateful “terrorists”! We illegally invaded their country after years of trying to genocide them, spreading DU all over the place, and reduce them to stone age conditions, and they repay us with a poll that says they want us to leave! That’s ingratitude!

  2. Sandy Price

    Every Republican friend and relative I have will never believe this commentary. They are still under the impression we are being given roses and adoration for coming into their nation. The religious right is filling the media with lies! They are the voters Joe, and until they are convinced, we will be in Iraq for the next 20 years sor more.

    We are building a huge complex for the American troops and it will have perks better than home. Of course Halliburton is the contractor.

    We have one action and that is getting rid of the Congress who is promoting these lies. Can we convince the Democrats to get out of Iraq? or will they suddenly find a terrific profit keeping our guys in Iraq? Too many Democrats voted with Bush on this mess and we should ask them whether they will continue to back Bush or act like American patriots; even if they were wrong before.

  3. Sandy,

    If the Iraquis don’t chase us out, as the Vietnamese did, we’ll be in the Mid- East a longer than 20 years. The cowardly draft dodgers, turned blood thirsty war hawks, will now send girls to do what they wouldn’t do 30+ yrs ago. Bring the kids home and station them along our borders to keep us safe from the Islamo-fascist.

  4. Jackson

    The Vietnamese didn’t chase us out of Vietnam, it was the indomitable strength of the U.S. anti-war movement at the time, that got us out of that quagmire. Since there’s no credible anti-war movement today, we will be in Iraq as long as we’re stupid enough to go along with this foolishness. No matter how many of us are killed by Iraqis, the satanic Bush regime will certainly “stay the course”, since they don’t have to do the fighting.

  5. Jeeni Criscenzo who is running for Congress in Dist. 49 Ca. flew to meet with Iraqi elected leaders. Here is first hand information.

    Here is the YouTube video about this visit. Click my name.

  6. Ann

    What nation wants to have war waged on it, to be occupied, and to have its citizens killed with survivors left in — 3rd world hell over lies told by a would be world dictator half a world away? If 6 of 10 people in an occupied nation have the nerve to say they want us out of there–yesterday–the more realistic number that want us gone are 100% of the citizenry (excludingof course only the thugs and crooks we’ve put in power).