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New Poll by Media Orgs: Iraqis Hail Advances -- but Still Dislike U.S. and the Invasion

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New Poll by Media Orgs: Iraqis Hail Advances -- but Still Dislike U.S. and the Invasion

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A new poll by leading media organizations, as the sixth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq approaches, finds that despite progress there, most Iraqis still dislike or distrust America.

The new poll of more than 2,200 Iraqis, an annual venture by ABC and the BBC and NHK networks, finds that most Iraqis agree that things are going much better there and they feel safer. At the same time, they seem to have not warmed to the U.S. much and want us to leave very soon.

Last year, 70% of Iraqis in the same survey said we were doing a bad job there. This year that dropped all the way to ...69%. And that includes the always more favorable views of the Kurds.

That means 90% of Sunnis are negative (remember, they are supposed to be "awakening" towards us), and two out of three Shiites agree-- largely unchanged from 2008.

Nearly as many (64%) say the U.S. is hurting Iraq as Iran (68%). But the views of nearly every other country have improved quite a bit, including Saudi Arabia, Syria and the UK. …

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