Yahoo! Survey: Arab Views On Obama’s Summit 82% Palestine is The #1 Issue

9 Jun, 2010

Today Yahoo! Maktoob Research, in collaboration with InterMedia Survey Institute in Washington DC, announces the results of its latest poll among 937 respondents from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

The poll explores the Arab World’s views on the outcomes of the recent Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, which took place at the end April 2010. AC covered the Summit live and I view it ” disappointing.”

According to a press release from Yahoo!, the Yahoo! Maktoob Research poll shows that Arabs are “quite informed” when it comes to US activities involving the Muslim world, as almost six out of ten respondents (62%) were aware of U.S. President Obama’s speech to Muslim entrepreneurs, out of which there were significantly more men and Egyptians.

The research reveal that there are very little trust about US intentions towards the Muslims world:

-Less than three out of ten respondents (26%) believe that the United States is either very or somewhat committed to improving economic conditions in the Muslim World. Out of the countries surveyed, believability seems to be the lowest among Jordanians.

-The same percentage is being achieved when asked how optimistic Arabs are that the United States will be able to help improve economic conditions in the Muslim World. Just over a quarter (26%) are very or somewhat optimistic. Men, North African and Levant Nationals are the least optimistic.

-The largest percentage of respondents (82%) states that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the most important issue for the United States to address to prove its commitment to improving relations with individual citizens in the Muslim World.

-The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is followed by democracy and justice in the Muslim World (40%) and the war in Iraq (37%). The other issues are being ranked as follows: human rights (29%), nuclear proliferation (27%), economic development/jobs (24%), religious freedom (24%) and women’s rights (3%). On average three main issues are being mentioned by the respondents.

-A larger number of women seem to be concerned about the war in Iraq (45% versus 35%) and religious freedom (34% versus 20%) compared to their male counterparts.

At ArabCrunch we do not know how accurate Maktoob Yahoo research is and if it truly represent the main stream  opinion in the Arab world..

What is your views?

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  1. Rias A. Sherzad  |  June 9th, 2010 at 2:00 PM #

    We have a culture of too often blaming others for our own misery whereas cleaning up our own backyard might solve many of our problems already.
    I guess you all know what that means…

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