"In one poll, the Saudi daily Okaz asked people if they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: "Iraq, and the people of Iraq, are today better off than they were in the past." 66 percent of the respondents "strongly agreed" and another 17 percent "agreed." Only 17 percent disagreed. One hundred percent of respondents disagreed with the statement: "It is possible that Saddam Hussein will return to govern Iraq because he is preferable to the Western coalition." In analyzing the results of the poll, the paper concluded that a majority of Iraqis are pessimistic about the conditions in the short term, but optimistic about the long-term situation." "Iraqis are optimistic. Seven out of 10 say they expect their country and their personal lives will be better five years from now." "While they may not like being under occupation, 59 percent of respondents would give the occupation forces and, by extension, the CPA, the additional time of one to two years to initiate political and economic reforms." http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA15003 ****** Wow, what a different spin we get when we hear from the Iraqi's directly as opposed to the sometimes biased media.