Iraq Poll: Field Interviewer Notes

We moved to our sampling point in the center of the assigned district in Muthanna. We visited houses of respondents and most of them are poor people; throughout our path we didn't face any obstacles and the way to the sampling point was open. We entered the region without obstacles. There was a delay but not related to security reasons, but rather it was caused by blocking the way by the visitors of Karbala who come from the southern regions. The situation of the neighborhoods we visited is bad. There are concerns with services and electricity, there are garbage piles and building debris along main roads. There are no land-line telephones in the neighborhood where we worked.

...People didn't like the questionnaire when we knocked on doors and asked them to participate, so we called one of our friends in the region to identify us to citizens in the neighborhood as safe people. After that we did our questionnaire in the usual accurate way but respondents refused to take pictures with us. We didn't face any threats from citizens and we had no security problems in our sampling point.

Feb. 28, 2007 Province: Diyala

A group of employees in the educational directorate were kidnapped from their workplace in a way that frightened us. No one intervened to save them and their destiny is unknown.

March 1, 2007 Province: Baghdad

I saw a bomb exploding against a police patrol and the burning bodies of policemen. The strange thing is that there were other patrols nearby but they didn't intervene to do anything for at least half an hour after the first explosion. This is because they fear the probability of another explosion to take place. During recent times, explosions have taken place one after the other in order to achieve the maximum amount of casualties.

March 1, 2007 Province: Irbil

When I went to a district in Irbil and I visited the selected neighborhood to conduct an interview in the required sampling point, a few people accepted the survey in a good way, but many of them didn't accept to be interviewed. They say that we have no permission from the government of Kurdistan, the forms of the questionnaire are not stamped by Kurdish authorities, and we ourselves have no official badge in the Kurdish language. Those who refuse to participate say that they fear participating because they don't know to which party this company belongs and they don't like to be involved in problems with the security forces. We told them that our company is civilian, independent and doesn't work for any party. We told them that we work for the sake of Iraqis and we record their opinions anonymously.

The situation of the neighborhood was good as services are available, but there is no electricity line and there are only private electricity generators shared by people. There is a shortage in fuel and it is very expensive, so people bring cooking and car fuel from the Iranian borders.

March 3, 2007 Province: Basra

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