Here’s a poll of the Iraqi people:

Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high.But views of the country’s situation overall are far less positive, and there are vast differences in views among Iraqi groups — a study in contrasts between increasingly disaffected Sunni areas and vastly more positive Shiite and Kurdish provinces.

An ABC News poll in Iraq, conducted with Time magazine and other media partners, includes some remarkable results: Despite the daily violence there, most living conditions are rated positively, seven in 10 Iraqis say their own lives are going well, and nearly two-thirds expect things to improve in the year ahead.

Surprisingly, given the insurgents’ attacks on Iraqi civilians, more than six in 10 Iraqis feel very safe in their own neighborhoods, up sharply from just 40 percent in a poll in June 2004. And 61 percent say local security is good — up from 49 percent in the first ABC News poll in Iraq in February 2004.

The authors use the words “surprising,” “remarkable” and “surprisingly” in the first three graphs. To whom is this poll remarkable and surprising? People who get their news from sources other than the major media outlets (Instapundit, Mudville Gazette) have long known of the great successes and daily improvements in Iraq.

So, surprising to whom? Surprising to journalists who have previously concluded that this war was a bad idea, based on lies and doomed to failure. This poll will only briefly interrupt that dominant frame.