Posted by on October 02, 2013 in Blog

Next Tuesday, AAI President James Zogby will give a presentation at an event organized by the Middle East Institute (MEI), where he will release and present the findings of a new Zogby Research Services (ZRS) poll on Tunisian attitudes toward Ennahda, Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party. The poll, which was conducted throughout August and surveyed 3,031 Tunisian adults, also examines Tunisian attitudes toward the political parties and leaders and their views of Tunisia's future. What ZRS found was a deeply dissatisfied electorate and an extremely polarized society. Support and trust in Ennahada has diminished significantly. In some ways, the divisions highlighted in the  in Tunisia are similar to those in Egypt highlighted in an earlier ZRS poll conducted in May of 2013, just prior to the June 30th Tamarrod demonstrations that culminated in the military’s deposing the elected government of President Mohamed Morsi. The ZRS poll on Tunisia will become available online at noon on October 8 - a little over two weeks before Ennahda is set to step down after two years in power. Please visit the Arab American Institute opinion poll page to download the poll results.

After Zogby’s presentation on Tuesday, there will be a panel discussion and then a question-and-answer segment. MEI has organized an impressive panel of experts to discuss the poll findings. In addition to Zogby, the panel will feature: William Lawrence, Professorial Lecturer in Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs, and Radwan Masmoudi, Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, for a discussion about the findings of a recent poll on Tunisian attitudes toward their country's political actors and institutions. The discussion will be moderated by MEI Vice President Paul Salem.

Registration is required for this event. Please RSVP by visiting the Middle East Institute website.

When: Tuesday, October 8 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Where: Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W Washington, DC 20036  (across the street from the YMCA)