"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Friday, October 08, 2004
Iraqi voters are losing interest in elections scheduled for January, and not because they're worried about security.
Instead, potential voters said they had no interest in or understanding of the process, according to a poll by the Iraq Center for Research & Strategic Studies.
The poll, conducted Sept. 15 to 22, surveyed 3,500 people nationwide. Of those, 66.8 percent said they very likely would vote in January's elections for a National Assembly; in June, 88.8 percent had said they very likely would vote.
Just over 8 percent said they might not or definitely wouldn't vote.
Only 12.7 percent of those saying they probably wouldn't vote cited security concerns. A lack of information was cited by 37.3 percent; 35.7 said they had no interest. The margin of error was 3.4 percentage points.
Now, if we can just teach them how to run TV advertising in which candidates compare their opponents to Saddam, our work will be done.