Monday, January 24, 2005
Iraqis Remain Hopeful
An overwhelming majority of Iraqis continue to say they intend to vote on Jan. 30 even as insurgents press attacks aimed at rendering the elections a failure, according to a new public opinion survey.
The poll, conducted in late December and early January for the International Republican Institute, found 80 percent of respondents saying they were likely to vote, a rate that has held roughly steady for months.
So we will know in less than a week if that number holds steady. In the meantime, be prepared for great wailing and gnashing of teeth from the American media in it's coverage of the Iraqi election. One last thing, before we go and make insinuations about the Iraqi election based on voter turnout we should be mindful of our own poor record when it comes to this. What percent of eligible voters actually bothered to vote in last year's City Charter amendments election? According to the SAEN only 8% of eligible voters actually bothered to vote. If you want good election coverage from people who know, then go to the site Friends of Democracy, a site dedicated to democracy in Iraq(hat tip: the Fourth Rail).