Thinking Aloud: “Five Years After the Cairo Speech”: Syria

Thinking Aloud: “Five Years After the Cairo Speech”: Syria

Not What You Might Think

June 8, 2014 by Darius 

Last week, pollster James Zogby of the Arab-American Institute and Zogby International released a new poll: “Five Years After the Cairo Speech: How Arabs View President Obama and America.”  I attended the poll’s launch event; some of the findings were quite striking.  Over the next few days, I’ll bring you several highlights from the poll.  Today, I’ll start with how Arabs feel about the US and Syria.

A note on methodology: in-person polling was done in seven Arab countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. (The UAE has a large population of Arabs who are not Emirati citizens; polling in the UAE included allArabs in the UAE, not just Emiratis).  Between 700 and 1000 people were polled in each of the seven countries.

On Syria, respondents were asked to choose two policy recommendations for the US to pursue. …

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