Opinion Polls

A breakdown of young Arab attitudes on various subjects.

Summary

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We continue to ask our Arab millennial audience* questions on their attitudes towards a variety of global issues. Please note that we regularly update this section.

Young Arabs have surprisingly mixed, diverse and often contradicting views. For example, a majority recognise Hamas as a terrorist organisation whilst a substantial majority also recognise Israel as a nation. On the other hand, a substantial majority of young Arabs simultaneously oppose foreign intervention in Syria.

Finally, young Arabs would not generally sacrifice stability for democracy, but are prepared to sacrifice stability for freedom. Perhaps the term “democracy” has developed more of a Western connotation compared to the term “freedom”.

Israel & Palestine

Whether or not you are pro-Palestine, do you recognise Israel as a nation?

Yes 67%

Whether or not you are pro-Palestine, do you believe that Hamas is a terrorist organisation?

Yes 60%

Syria

Do you think RT/Russia Today is a biased media outlet?

Yes 80%

Do you consider Bashar al-Assad to be the legitimate leader of Syria?

Yes 45%

Arab Spring

In general, do you have a favourable perception of Monarchy?

Yes 63%

Large sample size

If you had to choose between freedom and stability, would you choose freedom?

Yes 61%

If you had to choose between democracy and stability, would you choose democracy?

Yes 44%

Low sample size

Colonialism

Do you think it is acceptable to ever acknowledge some of the benefits of colonialism?

Yes 56%

Culture & Religion

Do you think wearing hijab can ever be an expression of feminism?

Yes 93%

Do you find it difficult to fit Ramadan around your modern life?

Yes 40%

Low sample size

Do you prefer to marry a partner from your native country over an Arab/non-Arab in the West?

Yes 31%

*Our readers tend to be Arab millennials, these are defined as those who identify as Arab, born in the 80s and 90s, and live inside or outside the Arab world. (For example, they may be born and may live in Britain). We asked these opinion poll questions on our social media platforms but it is possible that some people outside of our typical demographic answered some of these questions. To learn more about our definitions click here.