Democracy will win in Iraq
I've been telling everybody for some time that the turn-out for the Iraqi elections in January 2005 is going to be overwhelming: Shiites and Kurds will turn out at a higher rate than the Americans did in November 2004, and Sunni turn-out will also be impressive (though significantly lower). Remember that the American presidential election saw a 60% American voter turn-out. Now Baghdad Dweller gives a poll published today: 78% of those in Baghdad--where the governor has just been shot and the violence has been the worst--say they will turn out to vote:
Election poll from Al-sabah
January 5th, 2005
This poll was published in Al-Sabah newspaper showing that “terrorists” have failed to to dissuade Iraqis from votin, many be willing to take on the risks necessary to wrench back control of their nation. Even in a dangerous, quasi democratic election.
The poll was of 4974 Iraqis living in and around Baghdad.
The following is the translation of the poll and the results:
Will the security problems cause you to?
Not come out and vote the day of elections = 18.3%
Come out and vote the day of elections = 78.3%
No opinion = 3.4%
Do you support the Iraqi Government having its own official newspaper?
Yes = 67.7%
No = 30.9%
Do Not know = 1.4%?
Do you support military action against the terrorists?
Yes = 87.7 %
No = 11.1%
Don’t Know = 1.2%