Bad News from Iraq; Or Parts of It, Anyway

There have been a lot of press reports today about the latest ABC News poll from Iraq. The Associated Press headlines: “Poll: Iraqis Gripped by Fear and Anger.” The AP’s account begins:

The optimism that helped sustain Iraqis during the first few years of the war has dissolved into widespread fear, anger and distress amid unrelenting violence, a survey found.
The poll – the third in Iraq since early 2004 by ABC News and media partners – draws a stark portrait of an increasingly pessimistic population under great emotional stress.

ABC News’ own site draws even more negative conclusions from the poll:

A new national survey paints a devastating portrait of life in Iraq: widespread violence, torn lives, displaced families, emotional damage, collapsing services, an ever starker sectarian chasm

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