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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Ever the Pessimists

Egypt has announced democratic reforms, about a month after Saudi Arabia had municipal elections (limited in scope as they were). Oh, and I think there were some elections in Iraq, too. And Lebanon is going to have an election in May, and for the first time in thirty years or so, it might be without the "assistance" of Syria. Plus, there were those elections in Afghanistan that all the broadcast news channels kept talking about. Even Palestine just elected a man who at least pretends he's a moderate.

None of which stopped 52% of readers (26,107 people) from voting "no" to the question, "Will steps toward democracy in Iraq and Egypt spread to other countries in the Mideast?"

Gee, you'd think they were actively rooting against democracy in the Middle East, no? I like polls. They consistently show me everything I need to know about their audience.