Larry
49 percent [of Iraqis] say they prefer life under Maliki.

Meanwhile, the FT reports a poll that reveals that 44 percent of European Union citizens think life has gotten worse since their country joined the EU. Only 25 percent of the Europeans believe life in their country has improved since it joined the EU.

So let me get this right: Europeans are more pessimistic, but Iraqis are more optimistic.[His italics]
Isaac Chotiner