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Figure it out: statistics on Iraq

Issue No. 2043

An opinion poll commissioned by the BBC this week offers a snapshot of what ordinary Iraqis think about the US-led occupation of their country four years on from the invasion

  • 50 percent – of Iraqis say life is now worse than it was under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship
  • 14 percent – believe that their life will become “much better” over the next year – as compared to 70 percent in 2004
  • 58 percent – don’t believe their children will have a better future than they currently have
  • 18 percent – say they have confidence in the US and coalition troops
  • 51 percent – think that attacks on coalition forces are justified – compared to only 15 percent in 2004
  • 64 percent – feel their families are sinking into poverty, as compared to 30 percent in 2005
  • 88 percent – suffer from regular electricity cuts, with the same number reporting shortages in fuel
  • 69 percent – have no supply of clean water or any access to medical care
  • 77 percent – say they no longer have any choice over where they can live
  • 75 percent – have no freedom of movement

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