Zogby Poll: ‘Shocking’ Drop in Iran’s Popularity in Arab World

Posted by David A. Patten on July 26, 2011 in News Clips

Iran’s reputation is taking a nosedive in the Arab world due to its sectarian meddling and the perception that it does not promote peace in the Middle East, according to a new IBOPE Zogby International poll. The poll was conducted on behalf of the Arab-American Institute (AAI) Foundation. AAI founder and President James Zogby tells Newsmax the poll shows that Iran’s popularity in the region is “plummeting.” Zogby attributes Iran’s ratings slide to its “manifestly sectarian and aggressive” policies, he says. “It really was rather shocking I thought,” Zogby tells Newsmax. “Even a couple of years ago, people...

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Arab World Concerned with Iran’s Regional Role

Posted on July 21, 2011 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Arab World Concerned with Iran's Regional RoleArab 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...

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What Arabs think of America

Posted by The Economist on July 20, 2011 in News Clips

ONE disappointment of Barack Obama's presidency has been his failure to satisfy the expectations he raised in the Arab world. A recent poll by James Zogby's Arab American Institute shows that his favourability rating there is now 10% or less. In the various countries surveyed, "American interference" came top of a list of "obstacles to peace and stability". In Egypt, poster-child of the Arab spring, 65% single out American interference in Arab affairs as an obstacle to peace and security, whereas only 29% picked interference by Iran.

This is bad news not only for Mr Obama but also for...

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Obama Fails to Budge Arab Opinion

Posted by Michael Crowley on July 14, 2011 in News Clips

The economy and the budget may be consuming Barack Obama’s presidency, but don’t forget that his candidacy was largely–perhaps even mostly–about foreign policy. At the core of Obama’s rationale for running in 2008 was his promise to restore America’s international strength, and diminish the threat of terrorism, by withdrawing our troops from Iraq, closing Guantanamo Bay, and reaching out to the Arab and Muslim world. There was even hopeful talk that his middle name alone would improve America’s image in places like Cairo and Islamabad. Today, such notions seem rather quaint. 

The U.S. still has nearly 50,000...

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Release 2011 Poll of Arab Attitudes Elicits Widespread Media Coverage

Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Blog
The results show a dramatic drop in US favorability ratings in the region, and elicited extensive global media coverage:
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Poll: Views of U.S., Obama Drop Sharply Across Arab World

Posted by Anna Van Hollen on July 13, 2011 in News Clips

President Obama has failed to live up to the expectations he created in the Arab world, according to a new poll released by IBOPE Zogby International and the Arab American Institute Foundation. The poll also noted that most Arab countries view the U.S. less favorably today than they did during the last year of the Bush administration.

When President Bush left office, 9 percent of Egyptians had a favorable attitude towards the United States. After Barack Obama was elected, that number jumped to 30 percent. But today, only 5 percent of Egyptians surveyed said they have a favorable opinion of...

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Poll: Views of U.S., Obama Drop Sharply Across Arab World

Posted by Anna Van Hollen on July 13, 2011 in News Clips

President Obama has failed to live up to the expectations he created in the Arab world, according to a new poll released by IBOPE Zogby International and the Arab American Institute Foundation. The poll also noted that most Arab countries view the U.S. less favorably today than they did during the last year of the Bush administration.

When President Bush left office, 9 percent of Egyptians had a favorable attitude towards the United States. After Barack Obama was elected, that number jumped to 30 percent. But today, only 5 percent of Egyptians surveyed said they have a favorable opinion of...

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Poll: Obama’s ratings plummet in Arab World

Posted by Natasha Mozgovaya on July 13, 2011 in News Clips

According to the poll, both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and US interference in the region are seen as the biggest obstacle to peace and stability.A new poll shows a sharp decline in support of President Obama's policies in the Middle East.

The poll, which was conducted by the Arab American Institute in six Middle Eastern countries, shows Obama’s ratings at 10% or less, and reflects negative sentiments toward American policies in the region.

According to the poll, 88% of Moroccans think that the president has not met the expectations laid out in his 2009 ‘Cairo speech’, while 90% of Egyptians said...

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Obama popularity falls in Arab world

Posted by Ben Smith on July 13, 2011 in News Clips

President Obama, whose standing abroad helped earn him a Nobel Peace Prize in his first year in office, has declined in popularity in the Arab world since his Cairo speech in the summer of 2009. From an American Arab Institute poll conducted by Zogby International:

"With the 2008 election of Barack Obama, favorable attitudes toward the U.S. more than doubled in many Arab countries. But in the two years since his famous “Cairo speech,” ratings for both the U.S. and the President have spiraled downwards. The president is seen overwhelmingly as failing to meet the expectations set during...

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U.S. Favorable Ratings Plummet Across the Arab World

Posted on July 13, 2011 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

U.S. Favorable Ratings Plummet Across the Arab World WASHINGTON - July 13, 2011 - The Arab American Institute (AAI) released the findings of a poll today conducted in six Arab nations. Commissioned promptly after President Obama's state department address on the popular uprisings in the Arab world, over 4000 people were surveyed. Four key findings of the poll are: U.S. and Obama favorable ratings are at a record low Top Arab concerns are U.S. interference in the region and the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict Killing bin Laden has not...

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