Many questions have been raised in recent months about the impact of the US presidential campaign on relations with the Arab world. How do average Arab citizens perceive the electoral process in the United States? Do US elections matter to Arabs? Do they think that the outcome of presidential elections in the US impacts their lives in their respective countries or in the Arab region at large? Do Arabs favor a candidate over the other? What worries the Arab public about US foreign policy and what are their expectations after November 8?
These and other legitimate questions prompted the Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) to conduct a public opinion survey in the Arab world on October 18-28, 2016. The survey polled a randomly selected aggregate sample of 3,600 respondents covering nine Arab countries, namely Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
A press conference to announce and discuss the results of the survey was held by ACW on November 1, 2016 at the National Press Club.
Several American and international media outlets covered the event and reported the survey results. Read more below:
- Forbes: Clinton Seen As Best Presidential Candidate By 66% Of Arab World; Trump Supported By Just 11%
- Al-Monitor: Arabs seek new partnership with next US president
- Newsweek: Presidential Election Polls for November 3, 2016
- Voice of America: Arab Opinion Poll Shows Support for Clinton
- Al-Jazeera: 66% of Americans have a negative view of U.S. foreign policy (in Arabic)
- Al-Arabiya: 68% of Saudis prefer Hillary Clinton
- Mondoweiss: Palestinians shrug their shoulders as Americans eagerly anticipate election results
- PRI: Arab Countries are underwhelmed by Clinton, but most prefer her to Trump
- Kuwait News Agency: 60% of Arabs have a negative opinion of Trump (in Arabic)
- Al-Hurra: Majority of Arabs prefer Hillary Clinton (in Arabic)
- Al-Ain: 56% of Arabs have a positive opinion of Hillary Clinton (in Arabic)
- The Arabian Gulf: Arabs prefer a Clinton presidency (in Arabic)
- The New Arab: If they could, most Arabs would vote for Hillary
- Alkhaleej Online: On the eve of the elections, do Gulf citizens prefer Clinton or Trump?
- The American Conservative: U.S. Interference in the Middle East and Regional Opinion
- Radio Sawa: Most Arabs support Hillary (Arabic audio and text)