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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Change: Arab public opinion poll disappointed with Obama

An Arab public opinion poll being released on Thursday morning shows a marked drop in support for President Obama in Arab countries.
The 2010 Arab Public Opinion poll will be released Thursday at the Brookings Institution by Shibley Telhami, of the University of Maryland and Brookings’ Saban Center for Middle East Policy. The annual survey, conducted in conjunction with Zogby International, polled 3,976 people in six countries — Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates — in June and July.

The most striking finding is that while early in the Obama administration, in April and May 2009, some 51 percent of those polled expressed optimism about American policy in the Middle East; in the 2010 poll, only 16 percent were hopeful, while a majority, 64 percent, were discouraged.


"Basically, Arabs have concluded that he can't deliver on his promises at best, or that he's just like Bush at worst," George Washington University Middle East specialist and ForeignPolicy.com writer Marc Lynch said. "But there's still considerable residual hope at this point that they're wrong and that he'll come through in the end."

Other key findings are that views on the Arab-Israeli conflict and its prospects for resolution have remained stable, and that a slight majority of the Arab public now sees a nuclear-armed Iran as being better for the Middle East.
That last finding is surprising and disturbing.


At 6:34 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

The Arabs are still not satisfied that Hussain has brought the world to the edge of nuclear holocaust and that he has helped turn the world even more against Israel and Jews!

Time to totally discount Arab opinion everywhere.

Do they care what we think of them?

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

pakistani muslim culture in UK:


At 9:08 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Oh my... and here I thought the Muslim World loved Obama!

See what Israel-bashing and Islamo-pandering gets you? Their undying scorn.

I guess he can ask Khalidi what the hell went wrong?



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