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Opinion of the United States


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Favorable attitudes towards the United States: (Arab American Institute Foundation)

 
2008
2009
2011
Morocco
26%
55%
12%
Egypt
9%
30%
5%
Lebanon
21%
23%
23%
Jordan
16%
25%
10%
Saudi Arabia
13%
41%
30%
UAE
22%
21%
12%

Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement: "The United States contributes to peace and stability in the Arab world." (Arab American Institute Foundation, June 2011)

 
Agree
Disagree
Morocco
11%
87%
Egypt
10%
89%
Lebanon
16%
84%
Jordan
5%
95%
Saudi Arabia
24%
71%
UAE
8%
87%

If you had to choose one thing from the list below, which is the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East? (Arab American Institute Foundation, June 2011)

 
Morocco
Egypt
Lebanon
Jordan
Saudi Arabia
UAE
Continuing occupation of Palestinian lands
36%
37%
5%
49%
26%
6%
U.S. interference in the Arab world
31%
31%
50%
37%
26%
45%
Lack of democracy in Arab countries
23%
19%
33%
3%
20%
22%
Economic inequality
9%
7%
11%
4%
2%
15%
Iran's interference in Arab affairs
2%
7%
2%
10%
26%
13%

Please tell us how U.S. President Barack Obama's handling of each of the following issues has contributed to U.S. Arab relations... (Arab American Institute Foundation, June 2011)

Handling the Palestinian issue:

 
Improved
Worsened
No Impact
Morocco
8%
56%
36%
Egypt
3%
54%
43%
Lebanon
-
84%
16%
Jordan
4%
74%
22%
Saudi Arabia
8%
54%
38%
UAE
8%
61%
21%

Efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program:

 
Improved
Worsened
No Impact
Morocco
8%
40%
52%
Egypt
3%
46%
46%
Lebanon
26%
23%
20%
Jordan
16%
25%
52%
Saudi Arabia
8%
4%
71%
UAE
14%
53%
18%

Engagement with the Muslim world:

 
Improved
Worsened
No Impact
Morocco
9%
40%
50%
Egypt
5%
44%
50%
Lebanon
4%
59%
17%
Jordan
8%
78%
13%
Saudi Arabia
2%
6%
61%
UAE
8%
71%
18%

Does the killing of Osama bin Laden make you more or less favorable towards the United States, or does it have no impact on your attitude toward the U.S.? (Arab American Institute Foundation, June 2011)

 
Favorable
Unfavorable
No Impact
Morocco
2%
55%
42%
Egypt
2%
62%
34%
Lebanon
7%
58%
35%
Jordan
2%
52%
46%
Saudi Arabia
1%
53%
46%
UAE
39%
50%
11%

U.S. favorability rating: (Pew)

 
1999/2000
2002
2003
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Indonesia
75%
61%
15%
38%
30%
29%
37%
63%
59%
54%
Lebanon
-
36%
27%
42%
-
47%
51%
55%
52%
49%
Egypt
-
-
-
-
30%
21%
22%
27%
17%
20%
Palestinian Terr.
-
-
0%
-
-
13%
-
15%
-
18%
Jordan
-
25%
1%
21%
15%
20%
19%
25%
21%
13%
Pakistan
23%
10%
13%
23%
27%
15%
19%
16%
17%
11%
Turkey
52%
30%
15%
23%
12%
9%
12%
14%
17%
10%

Do you worry that the United States could become a military threat to your country someday? (Pew)

%Very/Somewhat worried

 
2003
2005
2007
2009
2010
2011
Palestinian Terr.
-
-
73%
75%
-
91%
Indonesia
74%
80%
84%
77%
76%
71%
Pakistan
72%
71%
72%
79%
65%
67%
Turkey
71%
65%
76%
54%
56%
59%
Lebanon
58%
60%
57%
57%
56%
59%
Egypt
-
-
64%
51%
56%
54%
Jordan
56%
67%
67%
48%
52%
46%

How much confidence do you have in U.S. President Barack Obama? (Pew, May 2011)

 
Not too much/No confidence
A lot/Some confidence
Indonesia
35%
62%
Lebanon
57%
43%
Egypt
64%
35%
Jordan
68%
28%
Palestinian Terr.
84%
14%
Turkey
73%
12%
Pakistan
65%
10%

Do approve or disapprove of U.S. President Barack Obama's handling of each of the following issues? (Pew, May 2011)

Calls for political change in the Middle East:

 
Approve
Disapprove
Turkey
8%
65%
Egypt
45%
52%
Jordan
31%
65%
Lebanon
41%
52%
Palestinian Terr.
33%
63%
Indonesia
30%
49%
Pakistan
5%
40%

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

 
Approve
Disapprove
Turkey
6%
68%
Egypt
15%
82%
Jordan
17%
82%
Lebanon
12%
85%
Palestinian Terr.
13%
84%
Indonesia
26%
57%
Pakistan
6%
45%

Iran:

 
Approve
Disapprove
Turkey
5%
68%
Egypt
27%
68%
Jordan
21%
77%
Lebanon
40%
55%
Palestinian Terr.
16%
80%
Indonesia
23%
56%
Pakistan
10%
50%

Do you believe your country's government cooperates too much, not enough or about the right amount with the United States? (Pew, May 2011)

 
Too much
Not enough
About the right amount
Don't know
Jordan
57%
16%
22%
6%
Lebanon
54%
18%
25%
3%
Pakistan
54%
13%
10%
23%
Egypt
39%
24%
31%
6%
Turkey
26%
26%
32%
15%
Indonesia
19%
18%
54%
9%

Generally speaking, is your attitude toward the United States... (Brookings)

 
2008
2009
2010
Very favorable
4%
3%
2%
Somewhat favorable
11%
15%
10%
Somewhat unfavorable
19%
31%
38%
Very unfavorable
64%
46%
47%

What TWO steps by the United States would improve your views of the United States the most? (Brookings)

 
2008
2009
2010
Israel-Palestine peace agreement
50%
41%
54%
Withdrawal from Iraq
44%
51%
45%
Stopping aid to Israel
28%
29%
43%
Withdrawal from Arabian Peninsula
46%
50%
35%
Pushing more to spread democracy
13%
7%
13%
More economic aid to the region
13%
6%
7%
Stopping aid to Arab governments
3%
2%
2%

Which TWO of the following factors do you believe are most important in driving American policy in the Middle East? (Brookings)

 
2008
2009
2010
Protecting Israel
47%
52%
49%
Controlling oil
50%
43%
45%
Weakening the Muslim world
33%
38%
33%
Preserving regional and global dominance
30%
24%
33%
Preventing spread of nuclear weapons
12%
12%
13%
Promoting peace and stability
6%
7%
9%
Fighting terrorism
7%
4%
7%
Spreading human rights
4%
4%
6%
Promoting democracy
4%
5%
5%

How would you describe your attitudes toward the Obama Administration policy in the Middle East? (Brookings)

 
2009
2010
Hopeful
51%
16%
Neither hopeful nor discouraged
28%
20%
Discouraged
15%
63%

When you look back at the past year of the Obama Administration, which one of the following policies are you most DISAPPOINTED with? (Brookings, 2010)

Palestine/Israel
61%
Iraq
27%
Attitudes toward Islam
5%
Afghanistan
4%
Human rights
1%
Spreading democracy
1%
Economic assistance
1%

When you look back at the past year of the Obama Administration, which one of the following policies are you most PLEASED with? (Brookings, 2010)

Palestine/Israel
1%
Iraq
3%
Attitudes toward Islam
20%
Afghanistan
1%
Human rights
8%
Spreading democracy
5%
Economic assistance
13%

Which of the following is closest to your views in describing U.S. President Barack Obama? (Brookings, 2010)

Unfavorable view of him and I am pessimistic about his foreign policy
51%
Favorable personal view of him, but I don't thin the American system will allow him to have a successful foreign policy
38%
Favorable personal view of him and I am hopeful about his foreign policy
5%

Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of the leadership of the United States? (Gallup)

Tunisia

 
June 2008
March 2009
Approve
14%
37%
Disapprove
86%
49%
Don't know/Refused
-
15%

Saudi Arabia

 
May 2008
March 2009
Approve
12%
29%
Disapprove
81%
52%
Don't know/Refused
6%
19%

Syria

 
August 2008
March 2009
Approve
4%
15%
Disapprove
91%
71%
Don't know/Refused
5%
14%

Yemen

 
January 2009
March 2009
Approve
11%
14%
Disapprove
85%
72%
Don't know/Refused
4%
14%

Lebanon

 
May 2008
March 2009
Approve
25%
22%
Disapprove
70%
60%
Don't know/Refused
5%
18%

Palestinian Territories

 
August 2008
February 2009
Approve
13%
7%
Disapprove
81%
80%
Don't know/Refused
6%
12%

Egypt

 
May 2008
March 2009
Approve
6%
25%

Algeria

 
June 2008
March 2009
Approve
25%
47%

Qatar

 
January 2009
March 2009
Approve
8%
22%

Kuwait

 
August 2006
March 2009
Approve
20%
33%

Mauritania

 
July 2008
March 2009
Approve
44%
56%

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