Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Life's Good Now Saddam's Gone

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Life's Good Now Saddam's Gone

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Byline: By Andrew Woodcock

A large majority of Iraqis believe life is better now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to a poll today.

And almost half, 49%, of those questioned believe the invasion by US and UK troops was right, compared with 39% who said it was wrong.

Meanwhile, a separate poll of British people suggested that a slim majority, 48% to 43%, backed UK involvement.

Some 40% of respondents to the UK poll for BBC2's Newsnight said that Tony Blair and his Government exaggerated the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and 22% that they lied, against 29% who said they told the truth. But the survey found that more Britons would trust Mr Blair, (32%), to take a decision on military action than Tory leader Michael Howard, (22%), or the Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy, (17%).

And 2,500 Iraqis were quizzed for a group of broadcasting organisations, including the BBC, in a poll to mark the first anniversary of the war. …

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