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-----Original Message-----
From: Hussain Sinjari []
Sent: 16 August 2002 10:16 PM
To: Iraq Institute
Subject: First Opinion Poll in Iraq

Dear Friends,

A first opinion poll was conducted inside Iraq. The question was "What do
you think about the recent Iraqi Opposition meetings in Washington?" "Are
you positive or negative and explain why?"

This opinion poll was conducted by the Al Ahali newspaper (launched by
Friends for Democracy and Iraq Institute for Democracy) in the towns of
Dohuk and Zakho in North Iraq. At random 200 people were interviewed. These
people were from different gender, age, professions, ethnic and religious

The results have been published in Al Ahali on 15th of August 2002. It is
the first opinion poll in the region and it has become a topic people talk
about and comment in the region. Many people already support Al Ahali for
publishing it and want them to conduct more opinion polls and publish one
each issue.

Also Radio Free Iraq reported about Al Ahali and the first opinion poll, on
16th of August at 10:45pm Iraqi time. It was mentioned as a main item
describing Al Ahali as a broadly read newspaper.

The results of the opinion can be summarised as:
* 52% are optimistic and positive about the Iraqi opposition meeting in
Washington. They are optimist that the US can bring democratic change.
* 48% are pessimistic and mention negative remarks such as: the meetings are
useless, show business, and the opposition has no base inside Iraq.

100 opinions are published in Al Ahali. For more info:

Hussain Sinjari
Iraq Institute for Democracy

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