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Thursday, September 11, 2003
What Iraqis Think

By Steven Taylor @ 1:07 pm

AEI - News & Commentary has some interesting info from a Zogby poll on Iraqis’ views of their current situation. Of particular interest are the numbers which show that an Islamic state is actually an unlikely outcome in post-war Iraq.

  • Our interviewers inquired whether Iraq should have an Islamic government, or instead let all people practice their own religion. Only 33 percent want an Islamic government; a solid 60 percent say no. A vital detail: Shiites (whom Western reporters frequently portray as self-flagellating maniacs) are least receptive to the idea of an Islamic government, saying no by 66 percent to 27 percent. It is only among the minority Sunnis that there is interest in a religious state, and they are split evenly on the question.

  • Perhaps the strongest indication that an Islamic government won’t be part of Iraq’s future: The nation is thoroughly secularized. We asked how often our respondents had attended the Friday prayer over the previous month. Fully 43 percent said “never.” It’s time to scratch “Khomeini II” from the list of morbid fears.
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    5 Comments»

    1. And 70% of Americans think Saddam and 9/11 are connected. Most think we’ve found WMDs.

      Comment by JohnC — Thursday, September 11, 2003 @ 1:55 pm

    2. Well, without arguing the significance or accuracy of said figures, those are different kinds of numbers-those are numbers which would reflect knowledge about an event, while the numbers cited above deal with what the specific Iraqis think themselves, or do themsevles.

      So,if you are trying to vitiate the Zogby numbers by your citation, you need to try again.

      Comment by Steven — Thursday, September 11, 2003 @ 3:04 pm

    3. I don’t agree with the ’scratch off’. In an election, the Islamist bunch, if unified, could still win (in total) against competing other factions. Iraq will not be a ‘two-party’ system any time soon.

      Comment by Kathy K — Thursday, September 11, 2003 @ 7:00 pm


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