Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Blog

Today, the Arab American Institute released two polls on Arab public opinion regarding the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Arab political concerns in a post-Arab Spring Middle East. Among the countries surveyed were Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Iran. On the U.S. withdrawl from Iraq, respondents were asked (among other things) to weigh in on the state of the country today, and consequences of the war for the future.

Some of the poll findings include:

  • Majority of Iraqis believe Iran benefited most from the war in Iraq.
  • Iraqis believe the country is worse off now than it was before the U.S. invasion
  • Vastly different views from Iraqis and Americans regarding improvement in Iraqis’ personal safety security, government stability, and the status of women’s rights.

AAI is co-hosted an event discussing the poll findings at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace today  at 1:30 PM EST. Experts included Edward Gnehm, Marwan Muasher, Marina Ottaway, and Jim Zogby will lead the discussion. 

The event was covered by C-SPAN. Watch it here.

View the polls online.

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