The British ministry of defence did the study, according to their findings:
- 82% are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops
- less than 1% of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security
- 45% of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65% in the British-controlled Maysan province; ( "if that really means "all Iraqis," as reported, then the figure must be considerably higher among Iraqi Arabs." -C)
- 67% of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;
- 43% of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;
- 72% do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.
"We can't find out for sure what Iraqis want -- or what Americans want. But there are some general principles that ought to be observed. One is that invaders have no rights, only responsibilities, and among those responsibilities is to follow the will of the victims (and to provide reparations, trials for the criminals who ordered the invasion, and others). A subsidiary principle is that unless there is strong evidence that the victims want the invaders to remain, they should withdraw. US-UK policy is the opposite, with bipartisan and media support: We decide, and we will "stay the course" as long as we -- not they -- decide to do so." - Chomsky Nov 18, 2005