BAD NEWS FROM IRAQ….Via Tapped, the Telegraph reports that a poll commissioned by the British military shows an appalling decline in support for the occupation among ordinary Iraqis:

The survey was conducted by an Iraqi university research team that, for security reasons, was not told the data it compiled would be used by coalition forces. It reveals:

  • Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified ? rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;

  • 82 per cent are “strongly opposed” to the presence of coalition troops;

  • less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;

….The opinion poll, carried out in August…differ[s] markedly from a survey carried out by the BBC in March 2004 in which the overwhelming consensus among the 2,500 Iraqis questioned was that life was good.

Yes, it’s only one poll, and there’s no telling how reliable the methodology was. But if it’s really true that 82% of the population is strongly opposed to the presence of coalition troops ? and 45% are fanatically, murderously opposed ? then there’s simply no hope left. Karen Hughes can’t do anything about poll numbers like that.