Friday, January 21, 2005

80% of Iraqis likely to vote

It looks like turnout for the Iraqi elections will be very high.
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.

This will be hard for the mainstream media to square with their relentlessly negative reporting from Iraq. No, a successful election will not necessarily put to an end the bloodshed, but politically it will make clear that the "insurgents" are representative of noone except an extremist minority.

Via Roger Simon