Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Study Reports Perspectives from Iraq

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Study Reports Perspectives from Iraq

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The National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Washington, DC held an Aug. 1 press briefing to disclose the results of a two-weeklong study done on focus groups in Iraq. Thomas O. Melia and Brian M. Katulis, who led the team of surveyors in Iraq, discussed the findings of their research, which they conducted from June 29 to July 9.

The NDI researchers sampled 15 focus groups consisting of Iraqi men and women in Baghdad, Karbala, Najaf, Diwaniya, Kirkuk, Mosul and Sehil El-Hamad, and later analyzed their findings by region. After conducting several surveys, Melia found that the most broadly supported claim in all the cities was that, "Iraqis are happy to be rid of Saddam Hussain and his regime, but this did not transcend into affection for the U.S. for removing him." Melia later explained the sour feelings for the U.S. as resonating from the chaos and disorder still prevalent, despite coalition promises, in post-war Iraq.

Katulis, one of the focus group leaders, found that most Iraqis were concerned about safety and basic humanitarian needs such as food and clean water. …

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