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Arab/Muslim Public Opinion Polls: Five Years After the Cairo Speech: How Arabs View President Obama and America

June 2014

In June of 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech at Cairo University to mark a "new begining" in U.S. relations with the Muslim world.  Which of the following best describes your reaction after the speech was delivered?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Hopeful
31%
55%
47%
55%
62%
35%
56%
Not Hopeful
38%
26%
26%
25%
32%
27%
28%
Do not Recall
25%
12%
24%
14%
6%
27%
12%

The Obama administration has faced many challenges in dealing with the Arab world. In your opinion, which two of the following challenges are most important for U.S.-Arab relations?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Ending US presence in Iraq
25%
12%
30%
14%
41%
19%
21%
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
47%
76%
53%
71%
49%
45%
28%
Improving relations with the Arab/Muslim world
23%
10%
38%
17%
40%
27%
27%
Ending the conflict in Syria
26%
68%
31%
63%
21%
43%
34%
Humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees
13%
8%
16%
8%
21%
21%
32%
Dealing with the transformation brought on by the "Arab Spring"
20%
12%
18%
12%
22%
21%
28%
Working on ending Iran's nuclear program
15%
13%
14%
12%
4%
23%
28%

The Obama administration has faced many challenges in dealing with the Arab world. In your opinion, which two of the following challenges has the Obama administration been most effective in addressing?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Ending US presence in Iraq
27%
82%
59%
80%
28%
54%
30%
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
15%
2%
5%
3%
30%
11%
20%
Improving relations with the Arab/Muslim world
20%
8%
23%
10%
39%
15%
20%
Ending the conflict in Syria
15%
3%
18%
5%
3%
21%
31%
Humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees
17%
1%
21%
4%
38%
19%
29%
Dealing with the transformation brought on by the "Arab Spring"
26%
19%
31%
23%
38%
24%
27%
Working on ending Iran's nuclear program
17%
68%
38%
61%
7%
44%
34%
Not sure
23%
-
-
-
-
-
-

The Obama administration has faced many challenges in dealing with the Arab world. In your opinion, which two of the following challenges has the Obama administration been least effective in addressing?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Ending US presence in Iraq
14%
5%
3%
3%
13%
6%
23%
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
51%
24%
53%
29%
25%
28%
34%
Improving relations with the Arab/Muslim world
15%
64%
26%
59%
21%
40%
33%
Ending the conflict in Syria
29%
29%
41%
30%
39%
28%
27%
Humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees
23%
12%
29%
16%
28%
22%
18%
Dealing with the transformation brought on by the "Arab Spring"
13%
56%
22%
49%
30%
29%
31%
Working on ending Iran's nuclear program
16%
3%
21%
6%
7%
19%
13%
Not sure
13%
1%
-
1%
2%
2%
2%

How important is it that your country have good relations with the United States?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Important
64%
80%
83%
79%
61%
80%
60%
Not important
28%
20%
15%
20%
39%
19%
39%

How effective has the Obama administration been in maintaining good relations with your country?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Effective
9%
19%
26%
22%
10%
37%
25%
Trying, but not yet effective
51%
35%
41%
35%
46%
51%
44%
Not effective at all
34%
35%
31%
34%
44%
12%
28%

In your opinion, which of the following U.S. Presidents has had the most positive relationship with your country?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
George H.W. Bush
3%
15%
12%
21%
31%
25%
20%
Clinton
48%
43%
61%
48%
60%
47%
35%
George W. Bush
5%
1%
-%
2%
-%
2%
16%
Obama
11%
28%
22%
19%
7%
19%
26%
Not sure
34%
13%
5%
11%
3%
8%
3%

In your opinion, which of the following U.S. Presidents has had the most negative relationship with your country?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
George H.W. Bush
19%
6%
7%
5%
13%
10%
23%
Clinton
12%
1%
4%
1%
3%
5%
22%
George W. Bush
32%
86%
59%
81%
61%
57%
26%
Obama
20%
7%
25%
11%
18%
22%
25%
Not sure
17%
<1%
5%
2%
5%
7%
4%

Would the economic and political future of your country be better served by looking East to China and India, looking West to the U.S. and the E.U., or through building ties through both East and West?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Looking East
16%
20%
9%
18%
34%
19%
26%
Looking West
23%
20%
8%
19%
27%
22%
33%
Building ties with both
41%
43%
81%
47%
39%
51%
40%

Are you supportive or opposed to the effort to achieve a managed solution limiting Iran's nuclear program?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Supportive
50%
50%
81%
57%
14%
59%
71%
Oppose
31%
40%
16%
31%
86%
36%
28%

How confident are you that these negotiations between the United States and Iran will succeed in limiting Iran's nuclear program?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Confident
39%
7%
72%
22%
11%
38%
50%
Not Confident
44%
88%
25%
71%
87%
58%
47%

The United States is currently leading efforts to negotiate a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. How confident are you that the United States has been even-handed during these negotiations?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Confident
30%
8%
5%
8%
16%
16%
31%
Not Confident
57%
88%
82%
88%
84%
80%
66%

From the list below, what would you say is the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East?
(The Arab American Institute, June 2014)

 
Palestine
Morocco
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
KSA
UAE Arabs
Occupation of Palestinian lands
45%
55%
46%
52%
26%
49%
17%
U.S. interference in the Arab world
24%
29%
22%
26%
25%
24%
22%
Lack of democracy in Arab countries
9%
6%
13%
8%
18%
9%
15%
Economic innequality
15%
2%
8%
3%
14%
5%
13%
Iranian interference in Arab affairs
1%
2%
1%
2%
6%
3%
16%
Growing religious sectarianism
4%
6%
11%
8%
12%
8%
16%

 


Sources: The Arab American Institute. 

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