"More Iraqis say security in their local area has gotten worse in the last six
months than say it's gotten better, 31 percent to 24 percent, with the rest
reporting no change. Far more, six in 10, say security in the country overall
has worsened since the surge began, while just one in 10 sees improvement. More
directly assessing the surge itself -- a measure that necessarily includes views
of the United States, which are highly negative -- 65 to 70 percent of Iraqis
say it's worsened rather than improved security, political stability and the
pace of redevelopment alike. There are some improvements, but they're sparse and
inconsistent. Thirty-eight percent in Anbar province, a focal point of the
surge, now rate local security positively; none did so six months ago. In
Baghdad fewer now describe themselves as feeling completely unsafe in their own
neighborhoods -- 58 percent, down from 84 percent. Yet other assessments of
security in these locales have not improved, nor has the view nationally."
Studies of this nature really aren't fair. It has been shown in the US for example that in many communities a fear of crime will show a rise, while at the same time the crime rate is going down. It depends on how people perceive their world, and not on the facts of what is going on in their world.