|Poll of Arab youth finds Palestinian-Israeli conflict not top concern
Dr. Aaron Lerner 17 April 2016
When Arab youth can choose as many “obstacles” facing the Middle East that they want to identify – only 23% include the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in their choices and when asked why young people are attracted to Daesh only 13% chose to include the Palestinian-Israeli conflict among their choice of three.
The 8th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2016 was conducted by international polling firm PSB.
PSB conducted 3,500 face-to-face interviews from January 11 to February 22, 2016 with Arab men and women in the age group of 18 to 24. The interviews were completed in Arabic and English.
The Survey is the most comprehensive of its kind covering the six Gulf Cooperation Council states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE), Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen. The Survey did not include Syria due to the civil unrest in the country.
What to you believe is the biggest obstacle facing the Middle East?
[“For this particular question, survey respondents were allowed to provide multiple answers, if they thought that more than one issue was a top obstacle facing the region. For that reason, the total number adds up to more than 100%.}
Sunil John- Chief Executive Officer – ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller in e-mail to IMRA]
50% Rise of Daesh
38% Threat of terrorism
34% Civil unrest
30% Rising cost of living
25% Lack of strong political leadership
23% Palestinian-Israel conflict
22% Lack of Arab unity
22% Lack of democracy
17% Loss of traditional values
17% The threat of a nuclear Iran
16% Slow economic growth
13% Lack of opportunities for women
01% Don’t Know
Which of the following, if any, do you think are the primary reasons why some young people are attracted to Daesh? Please choose up to three reasons.
24% Lack of jobs and opportunities for young people
18% The belief that their interpretation of Islam is superior to others
17% Religious tensions between Sunni, Shia, and other religions in the region
15% The rise of secular Western values in the region
13% A desire to establish a caliphate, ruled by religious values
13% The Palestinian-Israel conflict
12% The American invasion of Iraq
12% Perceived corruption of national Arab governments
09% The chance for glory and to be recognised as a hero
08% Perceived supression of religious values by Arab governments
07% Western governments trying to impose democracy and their secular values in the region
06% The chance to be on the winning side of a fight
05% The presence of Western troops in the region
25% I can’t explain it – I don’t understand why anybody would want to join Daesh