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Young Arabs Rejecting Islamic State, Says Annual Survey

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Apr 2016 11:22 AM

Young Arabs are rejecting the Islamic State by an "overwhelming majority," according to a respected annual survey of 3,500 youths throughout the Middle East, reported the Dubai-based Gulf News.

The findings, released Tuesday as part of the 8th annual Asda's Burson-Martsteller Arab Youth Survey announcement, also showed that 50 percent of the youth believe that ISIS, or Daesh, was the biggest obstacle facing the Middle East.

Sunil John, chief executive officer Asda's Burson-Marsteller, said in a white paper accompanying the results that there appeared to a be a growing backlash against the terrorist organization.

"While three in four (77 per cent) Arab youth are concerned about the rise of Daesh, just one in six (15 per cent) believe the terrorist group will ultimately succeed and establish an Islamic state in the Arab world," said the white paper reported on by Gulf News. "Instead, 76 per cent believe the group will fail to achieve its ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic state."

"Concern about the rise of the group is increasing with youth citing it as the biggest obstacle facing the region for the second year running. In 2016, 50 per cent of youth in the 16 countries polled believe it is the biggest issue in the region, up from 37 per cent last year." 

Nearly one-fourth of Arab youth surveyed said they believe that lack of jobs in their country was the top reason for ISIS recruitment success.

"Interestingly, one in four (25 percent) do not understand why anyone would want to join the militant group," the white paper said. "Other specific reasons as to why some young people are attracted to Daesh included 'the belief that their interpretation of Islam is superior to others' (18 per cent), 'religious tensions between Sunnis and Shias' (17 per cent) and 'the rise of secular Western values in the region' (15 per cent)."

NPR reported that in 2010, before the youth uprisings throughout the Middle East, two-thirds of the surveyed Arab youths said that living in a democracy was the single most important issue for them in the future. In 2012, in the aftermath of the upheaval, fair pay and home ownership were more prized than democracy, noted NPR.

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