Arab public opinion - exploring political attitudes across populations and time

[Speaker] Harb, Charles:1
[Co-author] Saab, Reem:2
1:American University of Beirut (Lebanon), 2:Amierican University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Much has been said about Arab public opinion since the Arab uprisings of 2011, but few studies have empirical investigated actual citizen perception and aspirations. We provide in depth analyses of public perceptions collected by the Arab Opinion Index (AOI) over three waves (2011, 2012/2013, and 2014) across 12 Arab countries and a combined sample size greater than 57,000 participants, representing 85% of the Arab population. The data, is explored in terms of socio-economic variables, religiosity, attitudes towards models of governance, secular versus religious rule, security and future prospects. Trends over time provide indications of the political psychological profile and its developments across the years since the 2011 Arab uprisings.
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