POLL: AL QAEDA LOST HEARTS AND MINDS IN IRAQ

#1
Overall 94 percent have an unfavorable view of al Qaeda, with 82 percent expressing a very unfavorable view. Of all organizations and individuals assessed in this poll, it received the most negative ratings. The Shias and Kurds show similarly intense levels of opposition, with 95 percent and 93 percent respectively saying they have very unfavorable views. The Sunnis are also quite negative, but with less intensity
http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/30289.html

http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/sep06/Iraq_Sep06_rpt.pdf
 
#2
News flash, brainiac: Al Qaeda in Iraq represents (and has always represented) a tiny percentage of the people causing chaos there. Zarqawi was a JORDANIAN petty criminal and thug before he saw he was onto a good thing which could turn out to be a nice little earner for him. (Granted the 2000lb laser guided care package did present something of an upset to his plans.)

Is it really any surprise that people are somewhat miffed by a bunch of foreigners tipping up in their country in order to kick off? This applies to both al Qaeda and the coalition since, if you had bothered to read the report you cited, you'd also see:

1. Views of US-led Forces in Iraq
Seven in ten Iraqis want US-led forces to commit to withdraw within a year. An overwhelming majority believes that the US military presence in Iraq is provoking more conflict than it is preventing. More broadly, most feel the US is having a predominantly negative influence in Iraq and have little or no confidence in the US military. If the US made a commitment to withdraw, a majority believes that this would strengthen the Iraqi government. Majorities believe that the withdrawal of US troops would lead to a reduction in the amount of inter-ethnic violence and improvement in the day-to-day security of Iraqis. A modest majority, including a large majority of Shia, now believes that in the near future Iraqi security forces will be strong enough to deal with their security challenges without foreign forces. There is little interest in replacing US-led forces with an international peacekeeping force.
2. Attacks on US-led Forces
Support for attacks on US-led forces has grown to a majority position—now six in ten. Support appears to be related to widespread perception, held by all ethnic groups, that the US government plans to have permanent military bases in Iraq and would not withdraw its forces from Iraq even if the Iraqi government asked it to. If the US were to commit to withdraw, more than half of those who approve of attacks on US troops say that their support for attacks would diminish.
Similarly, it doesn't surprise me in the slightest that the majority of Iraqis are sick to the back teeth of the violence.
 

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