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| 03 May, 2017

Donald Trump: Arab youth see the new U.S. President as anti-Muslim, a bigger concern than oil prices or Islamic State and even more unpopular than Bush

Young Arabs view Donald Trump as anti-Muslim, believe his travel ban will help terror groups to recruit young Muslims and consider him even less favourable then George W. Bush, who ordered the invasion of Iran and Afghanistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks up during his meeting with Egyptian PresidentAbdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump looks up during his meeting with Egyptian PresidentAbdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
03 May 2017

(Correction to remove typo in first sentence, to state President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, not Iran)

Young Arabs view Donald Trump as anti-Muslim, believe his travel ban will help terror groups to recruit young Muslims and consider him even less favourable then George W. Bush, who ordered the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Around two-thirds, or 64 percent, of Arab youngsters aged between 18 and 24 years surveyed in the 2017 Arab Youth Survey viewed Trump’s presidency with concern, anger or fear and 83 percent saw Trump as the least favourite U.S. president compared to his predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Some 49 percent of the respondents viewed the United States as an enemy to the Arab region.



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The Arab Youth Survey was conducted in February and March 2017 and included 3,500 face-to-face interviews with Arab males and females from 16 Arab countries. It was commissioned by public relations firm ASDA’A Burson Marsteller and conducted by international polling firm Penn Schoen Berland.



It covered the six Gulf Cooperation council countries of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Yemen and Kuwait along with Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian territories, Tunisia and Yemen.

Twenty five percent of the respondents also picked Trump’s presidency win as 2016’s development that will have the biggest impact on the Arab world in the coming five years, while18 percent chose oil prices’ starting to increase and 15 percent picked Islamic State’s (Daesh) losing territories in Iraq and Syria as the most significant developments.

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union in June of last year came as the development expected to have the least impact on the Arab region, voted for by only 6 percent of the respondents.

Seventy percent of the survey respondents thought Trump is anti-Muslim, with respondents from Qatar leading by 87 percent, followed by Saudi Arabia, 84 percent, Oman, 79 percent. Iraq, UAE and Egypt followed with 78 percent each.



Some 49 percent of the respondents believed Trump’s executive order to ban travellers from six Muslim countries from entering the U.S. will make it easier for terrorist groups to recruit young Muslims.  https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/special-coverage/160720062112/Trump's%20travel%20ban%20on%207%20Muslim%20countries/



The survey respondents also saw the UAE and Saudi Arabia continue to be the region’s biggest allies, while 21 percent voted for Russia as the biggest non- Arab ally to the region versus 17 percent who voted for the U.S. In the 2016 survey, the U.S. was seen as the biggest ally, acquiring 25 percent votes, while only 9 percent voted for Russia.








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