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Iraqis want Saddam out - ICG underground survey

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Advocat, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

    The International Crisis Group (ICG), a respected, non-biased international research group which reports on international incidents, has posted an underground survey of Iraqi citizens. They sent an undercover staff member (Arab) into Iraq to talk to people and get honest opinion. (As an aside, I used ICG's website for years... reports are known for being useful and unbiased)

    The reports shows that most Iraqi's interviewed want Saddam gone... but can't say anything without punishment.

    ICG Iraqi Survey background and report

    News article on report (summary)
  2. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    Without discounting the conclusions, which sound plausible, I would argue that as surveys go it sucks methodologically. It is based on interviews with people willing to talk openly about things that a lot of people in such a society would not talk about to a stranger, and inevitably biased by the self-selection sampling technique. May still be accurate accurate but who knows. That a majority of those they talked to said something does not mean that a majority of Iraqis would agree.

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