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Poll shows majority want troops home


A majority of US citizens do not think Iraq will be successful in establishing a stable democratic government and would like US troops to come home next year, according to a poll published yesterday.

Of the 1,011 adults surveyed by telephone Nov. 8-13, 61 percent answered "no" when asked if they were confident democracy and stability could come to Iraq, up four percent from August.

Only a third, or 32 percent, thought Iraq would be successful in its quest for peace and fair government, up eight percent from August, the survey found.

Sixty three percent of those surveyed were in favor of bringing US troops home from Iraq in the next year, up two percent from August, while 35 percent thought they should be kept in large numbers until a democracy is established, down one point from August.

With regards to the strength of insurgents US troops are facing in Iraq, 44 percent thought they were getting the upper hand [down four percent from August], against 41 percent who believed they were being contained by security forces [up two percent since August].

On how Iraqis are faring since the US-led overthrow of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, 68 percent said their life was getting better, while 28 percent thought it was getting worse.

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