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This article originally appeared in the Diplomatic Courier.
Although the daily news from Iraq often continues to be grim – including frequent suicide bombings and street attacks – a new poll carried out by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner on behalf of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) shows a surprising improvement in the national mood. NDI’s statement on the poll is here.
The poll shows a dramatic 10-point rise since last year in the share of Iraqis who see their country heading in the right direction – now up to 41 percent. Despite continuing problems of violence and political instability, the public’s more upbeat mood reflects improvement on issues that directly touch their lives: basic services such as electricity and water supply; education; cost of living; and job opportunities. These improvements are likely to pay dividends for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his coalition, State of Law, in the April 30 parliamentary elections. Votes are currently being counted.