Posted on July 21, 2011 in Press Releases

Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Arab World Concerned with Iran's Regional Role
Arab American Institute releases part two of exclusive six Arab nations poll 

WASHINGTON - The Arab American Institute (AAI) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at its offices at 1600 K St, NW Suite 601 in Washington, DC, to release the findings of the latest AAI poll. Findings from the survey of six Arab nations show real concern with Iran’s current and future role in the region.

The poll surveys six Arab nations’ attitudes towards Iran and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issues. The key finding is that a substantial majority of Arabs believe that Iran plays a negative role in both Iraq and the Arab Gulf region. 

At the conference, Dr. James Zogby, President of AAI, will highlight specifics from the survey, including:

  • A great majority of Arabs believe the Middle East would be more secure if it were a nuclear-free zone. None believe that the region would be safer if Iran became a nuclear power.
  • If one nation in the region, other than Israel, were to become a nuclear power, the preferred choice is Egypt, not Iran.
  • There is strong regional support for the GCC’s new and more assertive role protecting their regional interest. 

“This poll, like the one we released a few weeks ago, shows that the U.S. has the lowest favorable rating in the region, with Iran also seen as playing a negative role in the Arab world,” says Zogby. “As Arab states take steps to secure themselves vis-à-vis Iran, it is clear they have growing support among their own people on this issue.”

The Arab American Institute poll was conducted in June 2011. It surveyed more than 4,000 men and women in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Details of the poll release are below:

What: Poll Release Conference: Arab Attitudes Towards Iran, 2011

Where: Arab American Institute, 1600 K Street, NW Suite 601 Washington, DC 20006   

When: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 10:00 a.m.

Reporters interested in attending the press conference should contact Omar Tewfik at or 202-652-4988.