Friday, September 14, 2007

Poll: Iraqi Deaths Top 1 million

The LA Times reports that a poll by a British firm has given credence to the Lancet study that projected that upwards of a million Iraqis have died since the invasion in 2003:

The figure from ORB, a British polling agency that has conducted several surveys in Iraq, followed statements this week from the U.S. military defending itself against accusations it was trying to play down Iraqi deaths to make its strategy appear successful.

According to the ORB poll, a survey of 1,461 adults suggested that the total number slain during more than four years of war was more than 1.2 million.

ORB said it drew its conclusion from responses to the question about those living under one roof: "How many members of your household, if any, have died as a result of the conflict in Iraq since 2003?"

Based on Iraq's estimated number of households -- 4,050,597 -- it said the 1.2 million figure was reasonable.

ORB said its poll had a margin of error of 2.4%. According to its findings, nearly one in two households in Baghdad had lost at least one member to war- related violence, and 22% of households nationwide had suffered at least one death. It said 48% of the victims were shot to death and 20% died as a result of car bombs, with other explosions and military bombardments blamed for most of the other fatalities.


adam said...

How long before the right-wing attack machine goes after this poll?

Jeb Koogler said...

I'm sure that the Lancet researchers -- who were under such fire after releasing their report -- can finally breath a little easier now that their numbers have been confirmed by another group of researchers.

That aside, the fact that 1 in 2 households have lost a family member is an incredibly sobering statistic. Furthermore, the fact that 20% of these people (roughly 250k) died from car bombings is also quite shocking.