78 pct of young Arabs believe in total defeat of IS

Elias Hubbard
May 9, 2018

Arab youth expect Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to have a bigger impact on the Middle East than any other Arab leader, according to the 10th annual ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2018, released today.

Support for the Crown Prince among Saudi youth is overwhelming, with 91 percent supporting his appointment, 97 percent considering him a strong leader and 90 percent saying he will move the Kingdom in the right direction. It conducted 3,500 personal interviews between January 21 and February 20, 2018, with young men and women belonging to the 18-24 age group.

Sunil John, founder of ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller and President, Middle East, Burson Cohn & Wolfe, said: "This is a milestone Survey for us, marking a full decade of the region's leading study into its most important demographic".

Among young Arabs across the region, the UAE also remains the top ally, with 37 percent saying it is their country's top ally, followed by Saudi Arabia (35 percent), Kuwait (22 percent), Russian Federation (20 percent), and Egypt (19 percent).

"Furthermore, 58 percent say the IS ideology will be completely defeated", the company said in an e-mailed statement. It marks a significant shift from 2015 when only 47 per cent of young Arabs expressed any confidence in their government's ability to deal with the terrorist organisation.

A report has confirmed that for the seventh year running, the UAE is the top choice for Arab youths to want to live. But the United States has fallen to number 11 in the ranking, falling out of the top five countries for the very first time.

More than a third (37 percent) of Arab youth also say the UAE is a model country for their own, once again far surpassing the US, Canada (both 17 percent), Japan (15 percent), and others.

The choice for Russian Federation over the USA for young Arabs is particularly pronounced in the "Levant + Other" category which included respondents from Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, and Yemen.

This finding stands in contrast to the response from young Arabs when asked which country other than their own they would most like to live in, and which they would like their own nation to emulate, where the U.S. ranks second, behind the UAE.

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