Food Insecurity and its Discontents in the Middle East and North Africa

Food insecurity plagues majorities of citizens in six out of 10 countries surveyed as part of Arab Barometer’s seventh wave (2021-2022). Majorities from 53 percent in Libya to 68 percent in Egypt report that they ran out of food before they had money to buy more. And in nine out of 10 countries, more than half of all citizens express…

Citizens Lukewarm on Leaders’ Cold War

Over the last decade, there has been an ongoing competition for leadership within the Middle East and North Africa. Some have described this as a new Arab Cold War, with an anti-Iran and anti-Islamist block led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side with a more pro-Iran and pro-Islamist bloc led by Turkey and Qatar on…

How Do MENA Citizens View Normalization With Israel?

There is broad rejection among ordinary citizens across MENA of the U.S.-backed Abraham Accords and a broader peace deal with Israel. Although at most about a quarter of citizens in the region say they follow news on this issue a great deal or fair amount, including just one-in-ten in Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, these peace agreements are widely…

Newsweek Exclusive: China Tops U.S. as Favorite Power Among Arabs Despite Challenges

A new poll obtained exclusively in advance by Newsweek reveals that China leads the United States in popularity among the people of at least seven Arab countries, as Beijing’s ambitious outreach continues to find fertile ground in a region in which Washington has left behind a difficult legacy. But challenges have emerged for the Chinese effort to win hearts and…

Women in Tunisia: Has a female prime minister changed Tunisia?

Najla Bouden has become a positive role model for girls and women Tunisia has seen a marked shift in attitudes towards women political leaders since Najla Bouden became the first female prime minister in the Arab world. However, this doesn’t mean that life has dramatically improved for Tunisia’s women, writes BBC News Arabic’s Jessie Williams. Bochra Belhaj Hmida has spent…

BBC World Service Newshour: An Interview with Dr. Michael Robbins on the Arab World Survey

BBC World Service Newshour host Audrey Brown interviews Arab Barometer director Dr. Michael Robbins to share the results of the Arab World Survey, conducted by Arab Barometer for BBC Arabic. The interview starts at 26 minutes and 30 seconds.   https://www.arabbarometer.org/wp-content/uploads/Newshour-20220706-IsThisTheEndForBorisJohnsonAsUKPrimeMinister.mp3  

BBC News reveal findings from major MENA survey

BBC News Arabic has revealed the latest results from one of the largest surveys carried out in the Middle East and North Africa. Nearly 23,000 people across nine countries and the Palestinian territories were interviewed for The Arab World Survey 2021/2022 for BBC News Arabic. The findings provide a unique insight into the contemporary lives of Arabs. Participants, who were…

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The Arab world in seven charts: Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?

The Arab world in seven charts: Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?

Arabs are increasingly saying they are no longer religious, according to the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa. The finding is one of a number on how Arabs feel about a wide range of issues, from women’s rights and migration to security and sexuality. More than 25,000 people were interviewed for the survey…