Iraqis Say Surge Has Failed

Also, 60% say attacks against US forces are justified
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2007 9:10 AM CDT
An Iraqi policeman is seen reflected in a pool of bloody water after a car bomb attack near the Shiite Buratha mosque in northern Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, killing two civilians and wounding...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.