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Baghdad's Citizens: 'Ousting Saddam Hussein Worth Personal Hardships'


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 25, 2003--

Full results of Gallup's survey of Baghdad's residents will be available exclusively through The Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing beginning Sept. 24, 2003

Today, The Gallup Organization released the first scientific and projectable poll assessing the postwar social and political climate of Baghdad's 6.4 million citizens. The Gallup Poll, a world leader in the measurement and analysis of public attitudes, opinions, and behavior since 1935, is making a multiyear commitment to tracking and reporting the opinions of Iraq's citizens and is establishing a center in Baghdad to facilitate this important task.

Earlier this month, a Gallup research team led by Richard Burkholder, The Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing's International Bureau Chief, carried out the groundbreaking study that amassed 1,178 hour-long, in-home interviews in a cross section of Baghdad - including Sadr City (formerly Saddam City). The study provides the first objective report of the views of Baghdadis in the post-Saddam Hussein era. Beginning Sept. 24, the data will be released through the Tuesday Briefing.

The initial wave of findings that were released today show:

-- Nearly two-thirds (62%) of Baghdad's citizens think ousting Saddam Hussein was worth any hardships they have personally endured since the invasion.

-- Nearly half (47%) thinks the country as a whole is currently worse off than it was before the invasion - only a third (33%) thinks it is already in better shape.

-- Two-thirds (67%) believe Iraq will be in better condition five years from now than it was before the U.S. and British-led invasion; just 8% think it will be worse off.

-- Most (61%) take a favorable view of the new Iraqi Governing Council, but see its policies and decisions "still mostly determined by the coalition's own authorities" (75%).

-- Fully half (50%) think that the Coalition Provisional Authority is doing a better job now than was the case two months ago, while just 14% think it is doing a worse job.

"Despite - or more likely because of - all they have been through, residents of Baghdad were exceptionally eager to speak with our interviewers. More than 97% of those we contacted in our strict, probability-based sample agreed to be interviewed in the privacy of their own homes," said Burkholder. "The survey's results - and the insights they give us about how both the past and the future look to the people of Iraq's capital city - are priceless."

"We are at a unique juncture in history where we have the ability to measure public opinion in a country that was most recently a totalitarian state," said James Clifton, Chairman and CEO of The Gallup Organization. "It will be a privilege to be able to report the 'pulse of democracy' in Baghdad and all of Iraq on an ongoing basis and closely monitor the growth and progress of a free Iraq."

Citizens of Baghdad were interviewed on a variety of topics spanning from their impressions of the military action and occupation to their preferred form of government, and from women's roles in their country to the condition of their lives before and after the Hussein era.

"This first Gallup Poll in Baghdad provides benchmark findings that will enable leaders to gauge how diplomatic policies and cultural influences are affecting Baghdad's residents," said Steve O'Brien, Executive Publisher of The Gallup Poll. "Further, it is our plan to document Iraqi attitudes toward the world as the rebuilding of Iraq evolves."





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Welcome, Iraq, to the mainstay of a Democratic Governent - focus group polling!



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Weren't the residents of Saddam City Shia Muslims? Because if so, that isn't exactly a diverse group to guage opinion from.



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Grimis, PLEASE tell us WHY you're bothering to cut'n'paste an article when you do it, or don't do it at all. I think I've asked this before.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Grimis, PLEASE tell us WHY you're bothering to cut'n'paste an article when you do it, or don't do it at all.

I tended to think this one was self-explanatory. All we have heard about from the media is how much the Iraqis hate us, how they want us to leave now, blah blah blah. It shows more of a complete picture that what everybody has heard, and defeats some dogmas about the invasion that are oft-repeated in this forum.



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Search around and you'll find articles saying that the Iraqi's love the US and also articles that they hate the US. Both kinds have been presented in this forum, in close to equal numbers.



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    Originally posted by Grimis
      Originally posted by CRZ
      Grimis, PLEASE tell us WHY you're bothering to cut'n'paste an article when you do it, or don't do it at all.

    I tended to think this one was self-explanatory. All we have heard about from the media is how much the Iraqis hate us, how they want us to leave now, blah blah blah. It shows more of a complete picture that what everybody has heard, and defeats some dogmas about the invasion that are oft-repeated in this forum.

I think what CRZ wants you to do is at least tack on your explanation (like you did above) after the article, rather than just cut/paste w/out adding anything.



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