U.S. Elections 2016: Arab Public Opinion Poll


Headshot of Khalil E. Jahshan

Khalil E. Jahshan

Executive Director

Arab Center Washington DC

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Imad K. Harb

Director of Research and Analysis

Arab Center Washington DC

Event Summary

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.

To view the results of this survey click here
For the survey results in Arabic click here

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.

Media Coverage 

Several American and international media outlets covered the event and reported the survey results. Read more below:


Tuesday November 1, 2016