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Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Yesterday it was all over the news that Senator John Murtha was calling for the immediate withdrawl of troops from Iraq. I heard a clip on KSL Newsradio 1160 that claimed John Murtha said that, "80% of Iraqi's don't want us there." Is this true? If not, how many Iraqis (as a percent) literally don't want the Americans to be in Iraq?

- Red Skeleton

A: Dear Red Skeleton,

This is indeed true, according to a couple different opinion polls. According to a poll conducted by the British Ministry of Defense and reported in the Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/10/23/wirq23.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/10/23/ixportaltop.html):

• Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;

• 82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops;

• less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;

• 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;

• 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;

• 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.

Also, according to a different poll conducted by the Organization of Tammuz for Social Development (OTSD) (http://isam.khafaji.name/files/pollingTammuz.pdf), 77% of Iraqis rate the timetable for withdrawal of multinational forces as "bad".

Both of these polls were conducted around August 2005, and they indicate that the vast majority of Iraqis disapprove of our presence in Iraq.

Quandary