A solid majority of Iraqis want US forces to leave their country within one year, and support for attacks on coalition troops has increased, according to a poll.
Seventy-one per cent of Iraqis want the US forces in Iraq to leave within a year, according to a poll conducted by the Programme on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland for WorldPublicOpinion.Org. that came out on Wednesday.
Of that group, 37 per cent want a US withdrawal within the next six months, according to the poll.
Responses varied by community: 57 per cent of Sunnis wanted a US withdrawal in six months, an option supported by just 11 per cent of Kurds and 36 per cent of Shiites.
Support for attacks on US troops has also increased considerably: 61 per cent approve of the attacks, up from 47 per cent in January, according to the poll.
And a whopping 78 per cent thought that the US presence in Iraq is provoking more conflict than it is preventing. Only the Kurds -- 56 per cent -- believe that US troops are a stabilising force.
Support for the attacks "appears to be related to the widespread view (held by 77 per cent) that the US plans to maintain permanent bases in Iraq and would not withdraw even if the Iraqi government asked it to (believed by 78 per cent)," the pollsters said in a statement.
A majority -- 53 per cent -- of those polled also believed that Iraq's army and police forces will be ready within six months to take over from US troops, up from 39 per cent in January.