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Arab Barometer III

The third wave of the Arab Democracy Barometer was fielded from 2012-2014 in 12 countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen. Like the first and second waves, the third wave seeks to measure and track over time citizen attitudes, values, and behavior patterns relating to pluralism, freedoms, tolerance and equal opportunity; social and inter-personal trust; social, religious and political identities; conceptions of governance and an understanding of democracy; and civic engagement and political participation.

Arab Barometer II

The Arab Democracy Barometer has now entered its second phase of the project.  The Arab Barometer team has joined in partnership with the Arab Reform Initiative to launch the national surveys in at least ten of the following Arab countries: Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Mauritania, Syria, and Iraq.  The second wave of surveys seeks to measure and track over time citizen attitudes, values, and behavior patterns relating to pluralism, freedoms, tolerance and equal opportunity; social and inter-personal trust; social, religious and political identities; conceptions of governance and an understanding of democracy; and civic engagement and political participation.

The second wave of surveys was conducted in the years 2010 and 2011, with the publication of results and launch of dissemination and outreach activities across the Arab world, Europe, and the United States scheduled for the beginning of 2012.  The operational base for this wave is the Center for Strategic Studies in Jordan (CSS).

This second phase is funded by the Canadian International Research and Development Centre (IDRC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

Arab Barometer I

In its first phase, the Arab Barometer (AB) carried out nationally representative Democracy Barometer surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Kuwait, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen during 2006, 2007 and 2008.  The Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) also conducted its own first wave of national surveys in four countries, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco, in 2006-2008.  These surveys, conducted through face-to-face interviews, included questions on a wide range of topics pertaining to governance, political life and political, social and cultural values.  A total of some 10,000 respondents were interviewed.  Country and regional comparative reports, in addition to thematic analyses, were published and are available on this website as well as ARI’s website.

Following the public release of the AB survey data in 2009, the Arab Barometer was designated as the best new data in comparative politics by the American Political Science Association.  Professor Mark Tessler of the University of Michigan and Professor Amaney Jamal of Princeton University accepted this prestigious award on behalf of the Arab Barometer Steering Committee.

In addition to providing data with which to assess pubic opinion in the Arab world, the Arab Barometer and Arab Reform Initiative undertook to share the results of its surveys through publications, reports, briefings, press conferences and public presentations.  Outreach and dissemination activities include presentations to various audiences not only in the Arab world but also in the United States and Europe.

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