The following is from Gallup.
- Majorities in 11 countries disagree U.S. is serious about democracy
- Most don’t think the U.S. will allow people to fashion their political future
- Kuwaitis, Jordanians most likely to see U.S. as serious about economy
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the 20 years since the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the celebrations that ensued in Firdos Square as U.S. Marines and Iraqis brought down a statue of Saddam Hussein, developing Iraq as a democracy has been a key objective for the U.S.
But today, Iraqis and residents of 12 other Muslim-majority nations do not view the U.S. as serious about encouraging the development of democracy in the region, nor allowing people to fashion their own political future as they see fit.
Just over one in four Iraqis surveyed in 2022 agreed with the statement that the U.S. is serious about encouraging the establishment of democratic systems in their region. In Afghanistan, a nation invaded two years before Iraq for different reasons but where promoting democracy was also a key U.S. strategy, 14% agreed that the U.S. was serious about it.
The lowest percentages of adults who shared that view are found across the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and Iran, where fewer than one in 10 agreed.
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