Archive for December, 2009

Polling Saudis and Egyptians: Iran, Jihad, and the Economy

By David Pollock

New data from credible private polls of the Egyptian and the urban Saudi public show strikingly high levels of support — especially among Saudis — for tough action against Iran’s nuclear program. At the same time, these findings demonstrate clearly that economic concerns, rather than foreign policy or domestic political issues, dominate the popular agenda in both countries.

Background

In late November, a number of organizations conducted public opinion polls in various Arab countries to gauge year-end popular sentiment on topical issues, both foreign and domestic. The findings analyzed here derive from several of these sources. The most detailed were drawn from unique data sets produced by a reputable commercial firm and obtained by Pechter Middle East Polls; they …

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