Public Opinion in Saudi Arabia


Which of the following sources do you use most often for news and information? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Television
79.2%
Radio
4.0%
Newspapers
6.0%
Internet
8.3%
Mosque
0.5%
Friends and family
1.1%
Refused
2.0%
Don't know
.7%

Do you have access to the internet at home? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tommorow, December 5, 2007)

Yes
58.0%
No
41.7%
Refused
0.1%
Don't know
0.2%

I will now read a list of countries. Please tell me your opinion of each country. Is your opinion very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

 
China
Iran
The United States
Pakistan
United Kingdom
France
Turkey
Very favorable
34.2%
22.3%
19.7%
24.3%
33.7%
30.3%
42.1%
Somewhat favorable
27.1%
24.6%
19.8%
27.9%
25.1%
28.5%
28.8%
Somewhat unfavorable
12.8%
17.9%
14.4%
15.3%
11.1%
14.2%
10.3%
Very unfavorable
15.7%
26.1%
37.2%
22.9%
20.5%
16.9%
10.2%
Refused
1.3%
2.3%
2.7%
1.7%
2.4%
1.9%
1.2%
Don't know
8.8%
6.8%
6.2%
7.9%
7.2%
8.1%
7.4%

I will now read a list different kinds of people. Please tell me your opinion of each group of people. Is your opinion very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

 
Chinese
Iranians
Americans
Pakistanis
British
French
Turks
Iraqis
Jews
Christians
Very favorable
25.1%
23.4%
18.1%
29.4%
20.3%
26.7%
39.6%
63.0%
2.1%
13.7%
Somewhat favorable
29.3%
27.9%
21.9%
33.6%
28.0%
30.7%
32.0%
20.1%
3.9%
25.5%
Somewhat unfavorable
13.1%
15.5%
16.4%
12.4%
17.9%
13.5%
9.5%
4.7%
7.0%
14.0%
Very unfavorable
23.0%
24.0%
35.7%
18.0%
24.7%
18.0%
11.5%
7.8%
81.7%
40.3%
Refused
2.0%
2.5%
2.8%
1.9%
2.2%
2.1%
1.8%
1.0%
4.1%
2.5%
Don't know
7.4%
6.7%
5.1%
4.6%
7.0%
9.0%
5.6%
3.4%
1.1%
4.1%

Would any of the following improve your opinion of the United States? Would it improve your opinion a great deal, somewhat, not significantly, or not at all? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Free Trade between the United States and Saudi Arabia

A great deal
52.6%

Somewhat

18.6%
Not significantly
4.0%
Not at all
14.9%
Refused
3.7%
Don't know
6.2%

United States brokering a comprehensive Middle East peace between the Israelis and Palestinians

A great deal
24.4%

Somewhat

27.8%
Not significantly
10.4%
Not at all
26.1%
Refused
5.3%
Don't know
6.0%

Withdrawal of US forces from Iraq

A great deal
74.0%

Somewhat

11.1%
Not significantly
3.2%
Not at all
4.4%
Refused
3.1%
Don't know
4.1%

United States pushing to spread democracy in the Middle East

A great deal
16.6%

Somewhat

19.6%
Not significantly
12.5%
Not at all
38.2%
Refused
5.9%
Don't know
7.1%

US military equipment and training for the Saudi Arabian armed forces

A great deal
39.2%

Somewhat

23.7%
Not significantly
10.3%
Not at all
12.7%
Refused
6.0%
Don't know
8.1%

US increasing visas for Saudi Arabians to come to the US for study or work

A great deal
57.1%

Somewhat

16.9%
Not significantly
6.2%
Not at all
14.6%
Refused
1.9%
Don't know
3.2%

Do you favor the proposed sale of billions of dollars in advanced weaponry from the United States to Saudi Arabia, including satellite-guided bombs, upgrades for fighter jets and new naval vessels? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly favor
26.5%
Somewhat favor
22.4%
Somewhat oppose
13.5%
Strongly oppose
18.4%
Refused
9.1%
Don't know
10.1%

Do you favor or oppose the Government of Iran developing nuclear weapons? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly favor
14.0%
Somewhat favor
12.8%
Somewhat oppose
23.5%
Strongly oppose
33.6%
Refused
8.6%
Don't know
7.4%

If all diplomatic means fail to stop the Iranian government from developing nuclear weapons, would you favor the United States and other countries accepting a nuclear-armed Iran, or would you favor the United States and other countries taking military action against Iran to try and prevent the Iranians from having nuclear weapons? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Favor US accepting a nuclear-armed Iran
26.6%
Favor US and other countries taking military action to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran
38.1%
Refused
19.9%
Don't know
15.4%

In your opinion, should the United States increase or decrease its involvement in trying to solve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly increase involvement
15.2%
Somewhat increase involvement
17.9%
Somewhat decrease involvement
21.2%
Strongly decrease involvement
28.0%
Refused

10.2%

Don't know
7.5%

Please listen as I read the following statements and tell me which is closest to your own opinion? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

I would favor a peace treaty recognizing the State of Israel, if an independent Palestinian state is established.
29.6%
I oppose any peace treaty recognizing the State of Israel, and I favor all Arabs continuing to fight until there is no State of Israel in the Middle East.
51.3%
Refused
13.2%
Don't know
5.9%

Do you favor or oppose Saudi citizens fighting in Iraq against: (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

 
Shia militias
Sunni militias
US-led coalition forces
Strongly favor
10.0%
7.8%
25.1%
Somewhat favor
7.4%
6.1%
10.6%
Somewhat oppose
16.9%
15.8%
12.7%
Strongly oppose
45.5%
49.8%
33.6%
Refused
12.0%
11.4%
11.1%
Don't know
8.2%
9.1%
6.9%

Do you favor or oppose Saudi Arabia supporting Sunni fighters inside Iraq? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly favor
20.7%
Somewhat favor
14.0%
Somewhat oppose
18.2%
Strongly oppose
25.2%
Refused
13.1%
Don't know
8.7%

Do you favor or oppose Saudi Arabia working with the United States to help resolve the Iraq war? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly favor
51.1%
Somewhat favor
18.2%
Somewhat oppose
10.2%
Strongly oppose
8.3%
Refused
7.8%
Don't know
4.5%

Do you favor or oppose the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia developing nuclear energy? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly favor
54.4%
Somewhat favor
13.1%
Somewhat oppose
10.5%
Strongly oppose
9.4%
Refused
6.3%
Don't know
6.2%

Apart from nuclear energy, do you favor or oppose the Kingsom of Saudi Arabia developing nuclear weapons? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly favor
34.7%
Somewhat favor
17.3%
Somewhat oppose
12.1%
Strongly oppose
19.1%
Refused
9.3%
Don't know
7.5%

Do you favor or oppose Saudi Arabia restricting its supply of oil to the United States because of current American policies? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly favor
18.8%
Somewhat favor
25.6%
Somewhat oppose
19.0%
Strongly oppose
17.1%
Refused
10.2%
Don't know
9.2%

In general do you favor strong and close relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly favor
41.1%
Somewhat favor
27.8%
Somewhat oppose
9.6%
Strongly oppose
9.0%
Refused
8.2%
Don't know
4.4%

Please tell me whether you think these priorities are very important, somewhat important, somewhat unimportant, or not at all important for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Ensuring a free press and free elections?

Very important
60.2%
Somewhat important
19.2%
Somewhat unimportant
8.3%
Not at all important
6.1%
Refused
2.8%
Don't know
3.4%

Reducing unemployment and inflation?

Very important
84.5%
Somewhat important
8.4%
Somewhat unimportant
2.1%
Not at all important
1.6%
Refused
1.9%
Don't know
1.4%

Permitting women to drive?

Very important
27.0%
Somewhat important
15.9%
Somewhat unimportant
15.5%
Not at all important
38.5%
Refused
2.3%
Don't know
0.8%

Defeating al Qaeda and other Jihadi groups?

Very important
42.0%
Somewhat important
18.9%
Somewhat unimportant
9.7%
Not at all important
10.1%
Refused
10.6%
Don't know
8.7%

Providing financial assistance to mosques and madrassas in other countries?

Very important
60.2%
Somewhat important
21.1%
Somewhat unimportant
5.3%
Not at all important
5.2%
Refused
3.1%
Don't know
5.1%

Addressing the problem of terrorism?

Very important
74.5%
Somewhat important
13.5%
Somewhat unimportant
4.3%
Not at all important
5.2%
Refused
1.7%
Don't know
0.8%

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion about each of the following groups? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

 
Al Qaeda
Hezbollah
Hamas
Iraqi Sunni fighters
Iraqi Shia fighters
Very favorable
3.6%
18.4%
18.6%
18.4%
4.0%
Somewhat favorable
5.9%
14.9%
18.6%
17.2%
9.7%
Somewhat unfavorable
8.0%
11.7%
12.6%
13.6%
15.2%
Very unfavorable
56.4%
30.7%
26.5%
27.1%
46.0%
Refused
13.9%
11.8%
12.4%
12.1%
12.4%
Don't know
12.1%
12.5%
11.3%
11.6%
12.7%

Some people support or oppose each of the following. What is your opinion? Do you support or oppose: (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

The Saudi Arabian military and police pusuing al Qaeda fighters inside Saudi Arabia?

Strongly support
83.0%
Somewhat support
4.8%
Somewhat oppose
1.1%
Strongly oppose
2.7%
Refused
5.9%
Don't know
2.6%

The US military working with the Saudi Arabian military and police to pursue al Qaeda fighters inside Saudi Arabia?

Strongly support
27.3%
Somewhat support
17.9%
Somewhat oppose
11.8%
Strongly oppose
30.9%
Refused
7.7%
Don't know
4.5%

Some people think that suicide bombings are justified. Some people think that suicide bombings are not justified. Do you think that suicide bombings are often justified, sometimes justified, rarely justified or never justified? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Often justified
5.1%
Sometimes justified
7.8%
Rarely justified
6.5%
Never justified
73.9%
Refused
3.9%
Don't know
2.8%

I am going to read you a list of four options for governing Saudi Arabia. Please tell me whether you support or oppose each as a form of government for Saudi Arabia. (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

A political system where Islamic religious clerics rule

Strongly support
23.2%
Somewhat support
17.3%
Somewhat oppose
13.1%
Strongly oppose
27.7%
Refused
10.2%
Don't know
8.5%

A political system where all leaders can be chosen and replaced by a free and direct vote of the people

Strongly support
24.0%
Somewhat support
18.1%
Somewhat oppose
13.1%
Strongly oppose
26.2%
Refused
10.6%
Don't know
8.0%

A political system where there is a monarch who rules for life

Strongly support
71.6%
Somewhat support
7.4%
Somewhat oppose
4.1%
Strongly oppose
6.0%
Refused
6.2%
Don't know
4.7%

A political system where leaders can be chosen and replaced by a free and direct vote of the people, and there is a monarch who shares power

Strongly support
24.8%
Somewhat support
23.8%
Somewhat oppose
11.7%
Strongly oppose
21.8%
Refused
9.7%
Don't know
8.2%

Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of: (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

 
Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz
The Al Saud Royal family
George W. Bush
Hassan Nasrallah
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Osama bin Laden
Very favorable
94.5%
93.2%
3.0%
17.8%
12.9%
7.6%
Somewhat favorable
1.5%
2.9%
9.2%
20.8%
18.2%
7.7%
Somewhat unfavorable
0.5%
0.7%
11.2%
12.2%
15.0%
9.5%
Very unfavorable
0.7%
0.6%
65.3%
26.5%
28.2%
54.3%
Refused
1.8%
1.7%
6.9%
8.5%
9.3%
12.0%
Don't know
1.1%
1.0%
4.4%
14.1%
16.3%
8.9%

Do you favor or oppose Osama bin Laden's fatwa calling on all Muslims to attack the United States and Americans wherever they are? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly favor
7.3%
Somewhat favor
8.9%
Somewhat oppose
13.4%
Strongly oppose
52.8%
Refused
11.8%
Don't know
5.8%

Do you agree or disagree with the sentence of 200 lashes and six months in prison given to a 19-year-old Shiite girl for being with a male acquaintance before being gang-raped by seven men? (D3 Systems/KA Europe SPRL for Terror Free Tomorrow, December 5, 2007)

Strongly agree
8.4%
Somewhat agree
6.2%
Somewhat disagree
8.2%
Strongly disagree
29.5%
Not aware of incident
24.0%
Refused
12.9%
Don't know
10.8%

Source: Terror Free Tommorow