Seventy percent of Iraqis say that the troop surge has made things worse, and 60% say attacks against US troops are justified, according to a new poll. The mood may be the most negative since the 2003 invasion. "I think that's a damning critique and an indication of the pessimism and the violence on the ground," says one of the pollsters.
The poll also revealed a serious gap between between Sunni and Shia. Half of Shias say that attacks on US forces are justified—and that number rises to 93% among Sunnis. Meanwhile, 88% of Sunnis say that their lives are going badly, while 54% of Shias say that things are looking up.