Getting to Arab Democracy: What Do Iraqis Want?

Issue Date January 2006
Volume 17
Issue 1
Page Numbers 38-50
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This essay analyzes the results of a survey of Iraqi citizens’ attitudes toward governance and democracy. The survey, conducted in November and December 2004, gives particular attention to attitudes toward democracy, attitudes about the political role of religion, the relationship between political attitudes and views about the rights and status of women, and the degree to which political attitudes differ among Iraq’s ethnoreligious communities and are influenced by sectarianism. Findings reveal broad support for democracy, although there is substantial disagreement about the role that Islam should play in political affairs. This disagreement overlaps with and reinforces intercommunal differences.