A Baghdad Statistician’s Perspective on the Positives and Negatives of Polling in Iraq

Opinion polls can provide some insight into the thoughts of broad populations and have been used to gauge public perception for decades in the United States and other Western countries. Since shortly after the start of the conflict in Iraq, household surveys have been conducted by a variety of news outlets, non-governmental organizations, and other groups in order to ascertain what Iraqis think about the major issues of the day. Recently, some of these polls have been introduced in the Iraq debate on Capitol Hill.

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