The WaPo reports today that a “strong majority of Iraqis want U.S.-led military forces to immediately withdraw from the country, saying their swift departure would make Iraq more secure and decrease sectarian violence, according to new polls by the State Department and independent researchers.”
In Baghdad, for example, nearly three-quarters of residents polled said they would feel safer if U.S. and other foreign forces left Iraq, with 65 percent of those asked favoring an immediate pullout, according to State Department polling results obtained by The Washington Post.
In another new poll, released today by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland, “found that 71 percent of Iraqis questioned want the Iraqi government to ask foreign forces to depart within a year.”
By large margins, though, Iraqis believed that the U.S. government would refuse the request, with 77 percent of those polled saying the United States intends keep permanent military bases in the country.
The results and the most “negative attitudes toward U.S.-led forces since they invaded Iraq in 2003,” contrast sharply with views expressed by both the Bush administration and “the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.”
The full report from PIPA is available here.
PIPA’s finding were that “if the US were make a commitment to withdraw, support for nonmilitary forms of US involvement would increase.”