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Survey: Arab Youth Increasingly Reject ISIS

Survey: Arab Youth Increasingly Reject ISIS
(AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:08 AM

An overwhelming majority of young Arabs reject the Islamic State, and think the group is doomed to failure in its goal to establish a caliphate for Muslims, a new survey shows.

The Arab Youth Survey
of 16 countries released Tuesday, also finds nearly 80 percent of young Arabs rule out any possibility of supporting ISIS even if were to renounce its brutal tactics while a year ago, 60 percent expressed that view.

"Tacit support for the militant group is declining," the summary report of the poll's sponsor, ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller, concluded.

The Washington Post
reports other recent surveys have found similarly high disapproval rates for ISIS among the general populations in Muslim countries.
 
Listing reasons why Middle Easterners join the group, Arab youth say joblessness or poor economic prospects are the main reason; 18 percent cited a "belief that their interpretation of Islam is superior to others," and 17 percent picked sectarian tensions between Sunnis and Shiites as the chief motivating factor, according to the survey.

Young Arabs from countries with high unemployment rates were more likely to list economic hardship as a top reason for wanting to join the Islamic State, the survey also found.

"Members do not say they join for economic reasons, but other factors they identify — including ones related to religious reasons — could be a proxy of economic or social factors," Hassan Hassan, an ISIS expert at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, said in an analysis of the survey's findings.

"In other words, members may consciously or unconsciously conceal true motives.”

In other findings:
  • Overall, 36 percent said they've seen improving conditions since the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 – a precipitous drop from the 72 percent who said so in 2012.
  • For the fifth straight year, young Arabs picked the United Arab Emirates as the top country to live in, with a 22 percent ranking, followed by the United States, with 15 percent.
  • More than 60 percent of the surveyed youth see Washington as an ally, with the strongest positive rankings coming from Persian Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
  • In contrast, more than 90 percent of Iraqis regarded the United States as an enemy, with dislike nearly as high in Yemen and in the Palestinian territories, and more than half of Lebanese youth see the United States as an enemy.
The survey's margin of error was 1.65 percent.

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