Nine in 10 Iraqis questioned said they would not want an American as a neighbor, up slightly from 87 percent in a 2004 survey.But, on a more positive note, the continuing sectarian violence in Iraq seems to be changing opinions in another area:
The surveys were conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and Eastern Michigan University. More than 2,700 Iraqis were interviewed for the latest poll.
Iraqis also are developing a stronger sense of national identity as well as adopting values typically associated with Americans. In 2004, 27 percent strongly agreed that Iraq would be a better place if religion and politics were separated. In 2006, 41 percent expressed a similar view.