Findings from new public opinion polls in Egypt, 
Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, commissioned by the 
Washington Institute for...
ARAB 
PUBLIC 
OPINION 
& THE FIGHT 
AGAINST 
ISIS 
Read the article by David Pollock: 
http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 
ISI...
ARAB 
PUBLIC 
OPINION 
& THE FIGHT 
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http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 
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ARAB 
PUBLIC 
OPINION 
& THE FIGHT 
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ISIS 
Read the article by David Pollock: 
http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 
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ARAB 
PUBLIC 
OPINION 
& THE FIGHT 
AGAINST 
ISIS 
Read the article by David Pollock: 
http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 
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ARAB 
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OPINION 
& THE FIGHT 
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Read the article by David Pollock: 
http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 
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ARAB 
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OPINION 
& THE FIGHT 
AGAINST 
ISIS 
Read the article by David Pollock: 
http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 
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A new public opinion poll reveals that ISIS has almost no popular support in Egypt or Lebanon, but the United States has little more. Read the analysis: http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014

This presentation is also available in Arabic: http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014AR

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  1. 1. Findings from new public opinion polls in Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, commissioned by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy ARAB PUBLIC OPINION & THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS Read the article by David Pollock: http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014
  2. 2. ARAB PUBLIC OPINION & THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS Read the article by David Pollock: http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 ISIS has almost no popular support in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Lebanon. Considering their recent policies, do you have a very positive, fairly positive, fairly negative, or very negative view of ISIS? Saudi Arabia - 5% support ISIS 17% Fairly Negative 73% Very Negative 3% Don’t Know 2% Very Positive, 3% Fairly Positive 3% No Answer Egypt - 3% support ISIS 3% Fairly Negative 82% Very Negative 5% Don’t Know 6% No Answer Lebanon - 0% support ISIS 1% Fairly Negative 99% Very Negative 1% Very Positive, 2% Fairly Positive 1% Fairly Positive 2% Fairly Negative 97% Very Negative Finding #1 Not even among Lebanon's Sunnis. Findings from new public opinion polls commissioned by The Washington Institute
  3. 3. ARAB PUBLIC OPINION & THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS Read the article by David Pollock: http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 Finding #2 But nearly uniform opposition to ISIS does not extend to other political Islamist groups... Considering their recent policies, do you have a very positive, fairly positive, fairly negative, or very negative view of ...? 28% Fairly Negative 37% Very Negative 3% Don’t Know 1% No Answer Saudi Arabia - 52% 30% Fairly Negative 14% Very Negative 4% Don’t Know 1% No Answer Egypt - 33% SUPPORT HAMAS Saudi Arabia - 31% 31% Fairly Negative 33% Very Negative 2% Don’t Know 20% Very Positive, 32% Fairly Positive 10% Very Positive, 23% Fairly Positive 1% No Answer SUPPORT MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD 28% Fairly Negative 32% Very Negative 2% Don’t Know 3% No Answer Egypt - 35% 11% Very Positive, 24% Fairly Positive Findings from new public opinion polls commissioned by The Washington Institute 10% Very Positive, 21% Fairly Positive
  4. 4. ARAB PUBLIC OPINION & THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS Read the article by David Pollock: http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 Finding #2...continued ...and in Lebanon, views are highly polarized by sect. LEBANON Considering their recent policies, do you have a very positive, fairly positive, fairly negative, or very negative view of Hezbollah? 3% Fairly Negative 5% Very Negative 39% support Hezbollah 4% Fairly Negative 58% Very Negative 8% support Hezbollah 7% Fairly Negative 85% Very Negative SHIITES CHRISTIANS SUNNIS 92% support Hezbollah Findings from new public opinion polls commissioned by The Washington Institute 90% Very Positive, 2% Fairly Positive 31% Very Positive, 8% Fairly Positive 5% Very Positive 3% Fairly Positive
  5. 5. ARAB PUBLIC OPINION & THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS Read the article by David Pollock: http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 Shared opposition to ISIS does not mean high ratings for the United States. Considering their recent policies, do you have a very positive, fairly positive, fairly negative, or very negative view of the United States? 33% Fairly Negative 52% Very Negative 2% Don’t Know 1% No Answer 25% approval in Lebanon 18% Fairly Negative 57% Very Negative Again, varying by sect, from just 3% among Lebanon’s plurality Shiite population to 39% among Christians: SHIITES SUNNIS DRUZE CHRISTIANS Finding #3 12% approval in Egypt 37% Fairly Negative 47% Very Negative 2% Don’t Know 2% No Answer 12% approval in Saudi Arabia 2% Very Positive 10% Fairly Positive Findings from new public opinion polls commissioned by The Washington Institute 3% Very Positive 9% Fairly Positive 15% Very Positive, 10% Fairly Positive
  6. 6. ARAB PUBLIC OPINION & THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS Read the article by David Pollock: http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 Finding #4 Nor does it predict attitudes toward two other common enemies of ISIS: Iran and Syria. Considering their recent policies, do you have a very positive, fairly positive, fairly negative, or very negative view of...? FAVORABLE TOWARD IRAN Saudi Arabia - 13% Lebanon - 46% FAVORABLE TOWARD SYRIA Lebanon - 52% Egypt - 13% Sunni - 12% Christian - 35% By sect: Shiite - 96% By sect: Sunni - 14% Christian - 47% Shiite - 97% Saudi Arabia - 12% Egypt - 14% Findings from new public opinion polls commissioned by The Washington Institute
  7. 7. ARAB PUBLIC OPINION & THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS Read the article by David Pollock: http://bit.ly/ISISPoll-Oct2014 Implications What do these numbers mean for U.S. policy? 1 2 3 Findings from new public opinion polls commissioned by The Washington Institute We need not fear a mass following for ISIS or strong popular backlash against U.S. airstrikes in these nearby Arab societies. But there is a real difference between almost no support and no support at all. The United States would be well-advised to target its actions very narrowly against ISIS, not against other Islamist groups. Any overtures to Iran or the Syrian regime as potential partners against ISIS run the risk of both further alienating the Egyptian and Saudi publics and further inflaming sectarian tension in Lebanon.
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