There's Broad Optimism Among Iraqis

I can’t believe ABC News had the guts to report this story.

Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high. An ABC News poll in Iraq, conducted with Time magazine and other media partners, includes some remarkable results: Despite the daily violence there, most living conditions are rated positively, seven in 10 Iraqis say their own lives are going well, and nearly two-thirds expect things to improve in the year ahead.

And then there’s this remarkable statistic:

Average household incomes have soared by 60 percent in the last 20 months (to $263 a month), 70 percent of Iraqis rate their own economic situation positively, and consumer goods are sweeping the country. In early 2004, 6 percent of Iraqi households had cell phones; now it’s 62 percent. Ownership of satellite dishes has nearly tripled, and many more families now own air conditioners (58 percent, up from 44 percent), cars, washing machines and kitchen appliances.

And on the political front:

Preference for a democratic political structure has advanced, to 57 percent of Iraqis, while support for an Islamic state has lost ground, to 14 percent (the rest, 26 percent, chiefly in Sunni Arab areas, favor a “single strong leader.”)

This positive news comes at a time when Americans are fatigued over the daily doses of negative news about car bombings, suicide bombers and the deaths of American soldiers. Yet on the eve of new elections, a majority of Iraqi people have a mindset of acceptance and the will to continue their forward movement toward a democracy.

Lets not forget that our troops are able to read, hear and view the same media we take in daily.

Conservatives need to fill their circles of influence with this positive news too. If we don’t, the disinformation of the MSM will continue to cast doubt about our mission, and our resolve will be weakened. The Bush administration needs to continue to remind Americans that good things are happening in Iraq, and that our soldiers are doing a great job which is producing strong positive results.

Others: | Captain’s Quarters – “A new poll by ABC/Time shows that the Iraqi polling numbers tossed around by Democrats for the past month in defense of their cut-and-run “strategy” were bald-faced lies.” |

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