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The death of a Tunisian poet

  Tunisia’s suicide rate has risen in recent years. Nidhal Gharibi was 32 when he took his own life. Of the Tunisians who responded to a BBC News Arabic survey of the Middle East and North Africa, four in every 10 said they were depressed. Only Iraqis are more likely to report feeling depressed across the 10 countries, plus the…

Poll: Trump Disliked in The ME

  Saudi Arabia’s King Salman may consider US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “dear friend,” but it turns out the US isn’t winning any popularity contests outside the royal palace. Pompeo is in the region to meet with what he described as America’s “great allies,” Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to build a “global coalition” for the faceoff with…

Survey: Four in Ten Moroccans Hope to Emigrate

Rabat – A new survey from BBC News Arabic and the Arab Barometer shows that more than 40 % of Moroccans dream of emigrating. The survey’s findings are the result of more than 25,0000 interviews in 11 countries from late 2018 and spring 2019. “In every place questioned, research suggested that at least one in five people were considering emigrating,” the survey…

Erdoğan dwarfs Trump, Putin in Mideast approval rating

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan enjoys a significantly more positive perception from people in the Middle East than other major world leaders such as his American and Russian counterparts, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, respectively. According to a survey by Arab Barometer researchers for BBC News Arabic, 51% of the people surveyed in 11 Middle Eastern countries have a positive view…

Is the Arab world really becoming less religious?

Almost one in five young Arabs describe themselves as “not religious”, according to the largest ever in-depth survey in the Middle East and North Africa. Researchers from BBC Arabic and Arab Barometer – a US-based research network – carried out face-to-face interviews with more than 25,000 people in 11 countries and territories, and found the number who claimed no faith had risen from 8%…

Most Arab men would accept a woman as their country’s leader

Most Arabs would accept a woman as their nation’s leader but still believe men should have the final say in domestic matters, a major new study suggests. The research, commissioned by BBC Arabic, also revealed a rising number of Arabs in the Levant and Maghreb are turning their backs on religion. The research was carried out by the research network,…

Trust in radical Islamist movements plummets, major survey finds

Trust in radical and militant groups in the Arab world has slumped significantly, according to a major new survey. Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas have fallen in public opinion in the years since the Arab uprisings, research commissioned by BBC News Arabic found. “This pattern continues a general trend of decline in trust for Islamists in Mena, which has…

New survey reveals drop-off in religiosity across Arab world, especially North Africa

The Arab world has become less religious in the last five years, with North Africa, in particular, seeing a steep decline, according to a new social attitudes survey released by BBC Arabic. The survey, conducted between October 2018 and April 2019 in collaboration with the Arab Barometer research project, interviewing 25,000 people across the region, showed a wide range in…

Erdoğan most popular world leader among Arab youth

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the most popular world leader for Arab youths, according to the results of a recent poll. Carried out by the Arab Barometer research network for BBC News Arabic, the survey polled the opinions of 25,000 youths across the Arab world on a wide variety of subjects.

Arabs are losing their religion in backlash against Islamists

A large number of Arabs have abandoned religious belief in the past six years, according to a poll demonstrating that the political turmoil and war have had clear social effects. The loss of faith, albeit from a high level before, was particularly marked in the young. Researchers from the Arab Barometer asked the residents of ten countries and the Palestinian…