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For Immediate Release
March 17, 2004

Iraqis Optimistic About the New Iraq
Iraq Fact of the Day

A recent poll reveals that Iraqis are optimistic about life after liberation. Fifty-six percent of Iraqis said they feel their lives are better today than they were before the war, and 71 percent said they believe their lives will improve over the next year. Substantial majorities of Iraqis reported that schools, medical care, electricity, and clean water are the same or better than they were under Saddam Hussein's regime. Respondents also expressed increased confidence in their new security forces. The poll results reflect Iraqis' enthusiasm for their new nation's future.

Source: The poll was conducted for ABCNEWS, ARD, the BBC and NHK by Oxford Research International of Oxford, England.
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