Jan. 26, 2012, 7:10 p.m.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has released a new survey to help Iraq’s political parties and elected officials respond to the needs of citizens.
With the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, citizens are increasingly worried about the government’s ability to run the country — particularly to create jobs and provide basic services and security. Compounding the problem, Iraqis feel increasingly disconnected from their leaders, with limited opportunities to meet with elected officials and share their frustrations and grievances. Further splitting the national mood, minority Sunni Arabs feel largely ignored or discriminated against in politics, while ethnic Kurds — enjoying comparative prosperity within the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq — feel optimistic about the future. The survey, conducted by the research firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, comprised 2,000 face-to-face interviews from Sept. 22 through Oct. 5. It builds on research conducted in October 2010 and March 2011 that focused on Iraq’s government formation process, sectarianism and gender issues.