Washington, DC – An IRI poll conducted September 6-12, 2005, found that an overwhelming majority of Iraqis plan to vote in the constitutional referendum scheduled for October 15, 2005. Eighty-five percent of Iraqis plan to vote in the referendum, which will decide if the constitution drafted by the Iraqi National Assembly is adopted.
As the October referendum approaches, a majority of Iraqis, 53 percent, are confident they will be able to vote safely and 30 percent feel it will be dangerous, but plan to vote anyway. Forty-nine percent feel the draft constitution represents the will of the Iraqi people compared to only 17 percent who feel it represents the will of only certain ethnic or religious groups and 13 percent who feel it doesn’t represent the will of the people at all.
Fifty-two percent of Iraqis strongly agree or somewhat agree that the various ethnic and religious groups were able to fully take part in the drafting of the constitution. When asked how the draft constitution addresses key issues, Iraqis strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that it:
- affirms the proper identity of Iraq, 58 percent;
- maintains the unity of Iraq, 56 percent;
- limits the power of government, 61 percent;
- establishes an independent judiciary, 59 percent;
- protects basic rights of all Iraqis, 57 percent;
- adequately considers views of ethnic and religious minorities, 53 percent; and
guarantees equality of men and women, 59 percent.