Poll: Iraqis feel upbeat about future

LONDON (AP) - A new poll suggests Iraqis are beginning to feel a bit better about life in their country.

The survey conducted by broadcasters ABC, the BBC and NHK shows that 21 percent of Iraqis feel their life is very good compared with 13 percent in March 2008.

They also feel safer. Forty-six percent of respondents say they believe the security in their neighborhoods is very good compared with only 20 percent last year.

A statement by ABC says the results "represent a stunning reversal of the spiral of despair caused by Iraq's sectarian violence in 2006 and 2007."

Optimism for the future appears more tempered. The poll found that 56 percent of people believe their lives will be better a year from now. In 2004 it was 71 percent.

Most Iraqis, 69 percent, are unhappy with the way the U.S. and coalition forces have carried out their responsibilities.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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