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Country reports are short essays that describe and analyze data for each country.  Authors follow a similar format interpreted as appropriate for their country. The reports contain basic methodological information about the survey, most importantly the sampling procedure, as well as a description of important domestic or international conditions affecting attitudes during the period covered. They provide a summary of the most important findings.  The new findings are normally compared to previous findings, when available.  An appendix with tables presenting the detailed findings covered in the analysis is attached to each report.  Country reports cover the main themes of the surveys: understanding the meaning of democracy, perception of economic issues, citizenship and rights, the role of religion and social values, public institutions and trust in their effectiveness, and Arab and international issues.

 

Algeria

  • Algerians differed greatly in their views of the most basic characteristic of “democracy”.
    Approximately half of the respondents stated that the most important characteristic was economic in
    nature. Overall, the plurality (29.8%) of respondents stated that the most important characteristic is a
    small income gap between rich and poor while 20.9% of respondents said it was the provision of basic
    necessities including food and shelter for all citizens. The other half of respondents stated that the most
    important characteristic was political, with 27.6% of respondents stating it is the opportunity to change
    government through elections and 21.6% of respondents stating it is the ability to criticize the
    government or the right to free speech. Less than 1% of respondents provided a different answer for
    the most important characteristic of democracy.

  • (in Arabic)

  • File link: Arab Barometer IV - Algeria

Iraq

  • The second wave of the Arab Barometer survey was conducted in Iraq between February
    20th and March 12th of 2012. As Iraq was not included in the first wave of the Arab Barometer,
    this survey was the first of its kind in the country. This report outlines the views of Iraqi citizens
    on issues of religion, economic and political outlooks, satisfaction with the government and other
    institutions, trust, attitudes towards women, and views of the United States. It also examines
    differences (where applicable) between Sunni’s and Shi’ites as well as between Arabs and
    Kurds.

    File link: Arab Barometer II - Iraq

Jordan

Lebanon

Palestine

  • In May 2006, the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research undertook a public
    opinion poll to measure the stances and beliefs of the Palestinian public about democracy.
    This poll was carried out with the cooperation of other Arab research centers and
    academic institutions aiming to measure the views of the Arab street on questions
    revolving around democracy. The poll was completed with the cooperation of Dr. Mark
    Tessler at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Dr. Amaney Jamal at Princeton
    University and supervised by Khalil Shikaki at the Palestinian Center for Policy and
    Survey Research.

  • (in Arabic)

  • (in Arabic)

Sudan

  • Based on the second wave of the Arab Barometer survey, this report presents the
    opinions of Sudanese citizens on social, economic and political issues. Specifically, the report
    focuses on the following themes: (1) the economic situation of the country, (2) religious
    practices and the role of religion in society and politics, (3) political systems, democracy, the
    assessment of the government and public institutions in terms of efficiency, corruption and
    transparency, (4) the role of women in society, and (5) international relations and the United
    States. Sudan Polling and Statistics Center (SPSC) conducted the survey between 10/12/2010
    and 30/12/2010.

    File link: Arab Barometer II - Sudan

Yemen

  • The Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan supervised a project to
    measure Arab public opinion in the Republic of Yemen in cooperation with Interaction in
    Development. In addition to Yemen, this poll was carried out in Morocco, Algeria,
    Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Kuwait with cooperation of the University of Michigan –
    Ann Arbor and Princeton University. Additionally, the project was completed in
    partnership with organizations and research centers in each of the aforementioned
    countries. The poll was carried out in the months of November-December in 2007 and
    surveyed 1,200 residences.

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