Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Poll: Majority of Iraqis back attacks on U.S. troops

WASHINGTON 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, according to a poll in that country.

The views expressed by the Iraqi public in the early September poll of 1,150 were at odds with the views of the Bush administration and Iraqi officials.

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.

_And 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.

_The poll also found an overwhelmingly negative opinion of terror kingpin Osama bin Laden and more than half, 57 percent, disapproving of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

_Three-fourths say they think the United States 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. ...

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