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Survey Says Most Arab Youth Reject the Islamic State and Think It Will Fail

on Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:04 pm
A new 16 country survey of Arab youth shows that support for the Islamic State is cratering — the majority of Arabs polled from ages 18-24 agree that the group is both a major threat, and will ultimately fail.

The poll was conducted by ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller, a public relations firm which has kept tabs on Arab public opinion for the past eight years. Last year, around 60 of those surveyed said they were strongly opposed to the Islamic State — this year, that number's up to 80. A full 78 percent of respondents said they wouldn't support the Islamic State even if the group weren't so violent, and 76 percent predicted the group will fail in its goal to establish a caliphate. Half of those surveyed said the group's rise was the 'biggest obstacle' facing the region.

The data is based on 3,500 face-to-face interviews with participants between the age of 18-24 in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen — Syria was excluded from the survey because the civil war hampered the data collection......................

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