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The Therapy Sessions
Friday, April 02, 2004

Yet another poll in Iraq

Have things changed? No, not at all.

Anti-Coalition Feeling Runs High in Anbar
This week's attacks on Americans in Iraq's Anbar province should not be taken as an indicator of broader views across the country. The area, which includes Fallujah and the provincial capital, Ramadi, is a center of anti-coalition sentiment in the country.

Anbar is the single most Sunni Arab-dominated province in Iraq, and anger over the U.S.-led invasion spikes in that group, which was favored under Saddam Hussein's regime. This hostility soars most particularly in Anbar.

In the recent ABCNEWS poll of Iraq — the first media-sponsored national opinion survey there — 71 percent of respondents in Anbar viewed attacks on coalition forces as "acceptable" political action. Among all Iraqis, just 17 percent held that view.

Similarly, 56 percent in Anbar said attacks on foreigners working alongside the CPA are acceptable, compared with 10 percent of all Iraqis.

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