Iraqi Voices - Public Attitudes and Political Opportunity in Transition

by David M. Dougherty for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

A focus group with Iraqi men and women (cunducted April 13-25,2005) explored Iraqi reactions to the January 30, 2005 elections and attitudes and expectations toward the implemending constitutional process, including constitutional priorities, parlamentary competence, citizen participation and public access to information on the process and final document. They reveal a citizenry craving a say in its future yet fearful and frustrated by the violence and economic dislocation that currently characterize Iraqi life.