Well, it's surprising and distressing if you're a Deaniac or follower of Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi.
70 percent of Iraqis say life is good for them.
Predictably, ABC News also finds this surprising can't report the news without adding some hand-wringing:
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.Notice how ABC rushes to fit in the "but" to the story. (HT: Blogfather Hugh.)