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Poll shows doubts about Iraq


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(CNN) -- Most respondents to a new poll released Monday predicted that Iraq will not create a government friendly toward the United States, and that peace and security will not be established there within five years.

According to the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, 75 percent of 1,005 respondents said they approved of the United States' returning sovereignty to Iraq.

Coalition administrator Paul Bremer officially transferred sovereignty to Iraq Monday morning in a brief ceremony in Baghdad. (Full story)

The survey was taken between June 21 and June 23, before the handover.

Participants were nearly evenly divided when asked whether Iraq's government would be friendly to the United States in five years. Forty-eight percent said yes, 50 percent responded no.

In addition, 60 percent of those polled said Iraq wasn't likely to see the establishment of peace and internal security in the next five years.

Just more than half of respondents expressed confidence about whether an Iraqi democracy can be established in five years. Fifty-two percent said yes.

Seventy-six percent of respondents said that American troops likely would remain in Iraq for as long as five years, and 70 percent said troops should return home in less than two years.

Among those who said U.S. troops should return home in less than two years, four out of every 25 respondents said troops should leave Iraq immediately.


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