Two new opinion polls conducted in the last month were released today. One conducted by the BBC and ABC found the Iraqi people to be quite pessimistic.
Of the 2000 Iraqis questioned:
• 40% of those polled said things were good in their lives (compared to 71% two years ago)
• 58% overall said they wanted Iraq to remain a unified country
• 18% said they had confidence in US and coalition troops
• 35% said foreign troops should leave Iraq now
• 63% said they should go only after security has improved
A BBC analysis of this poll can be found here
The Sunday Times carries a poll which suggests that a majority of Iraqis think life is getting better.
Of the 5000 Iraqis surveyed:
• 27% think there is a civil war in Iraq
• 49% of those questioned preferred life under Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, to living under Saddam
• 64% of Iraqis still want to see a united Iraq under a central national government
• 35% said a family member had left the country.
• 26% of Iraqis have had a family member murdered
It really speaks volumes that though 1 in 4 Iraqis have had a family member murdered and 1 in 3 have had a family member leave the country presumably due to the violence, nearly 50% still think life is better now than it was under Saddam. Do note that the BBC finds that Iraqis are becoming increasingly pessimistic. Hard to determine why there is such a discrepancy, but you should note that the Times poll did have a much larger sample size (5000 compared to 2000).