Opinion Polls

A breakdown of young Arab attitudes on various subjects.

Summary

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 believe that Hamas is a terrorist organisation?

Yes, Hamas is a terrorist organisation60%
No, Hamas is not a terrorist organisation40%

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

Yes, I recognise Israel as a nation67%
No, I do not recognise Israel as a nation33%

Syria

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

Yes, Assad is the legitimate leader45%
No, Assad is not the legitimate leader55%

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

Yes, I think that RT is biased80%
No, I do not think that RT is biased20%

Overall, are you happy that foreign nations, organisations and/or individuals intervened in Syria?

Yes, I am happy about this%
No, I am not happy about this100%

Arab Spring

In general, how do you perceive monarchy as a political system?

I have a favourable perception63%
I have an unfavourable perception37%

Large sample size

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

I would choose democracy44%
I would choose stability66%

Low sample size

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

I would choose freedom61%
I would choose stability39%

Colonialism

In  your opinion, is it ever acceptable to acknowledge the few benefits of colonialism?

Yes, it is acceptable56%
No, it is not acceptable44%

Culture & Religion

In your opinion, can hijab ever be an expression of feminism?

Yes, it can be93%
No, it can never be7%

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

Yes, I do40%
No, I don't60%

Low sample size

Would you prefer to marry a partner from your native country or would you prefer to marry an Arab/non-Arab in the West?

I prefer to marry a Western-based partner69%
I prefer to marry a native-based partner31%

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*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.