An extract of survey “Arab Spring Fails to Improve US Image: Pew Survey” pub by Pew Research Center, on 17 May, 2011.
2. The four Chaps discuss President Obama, American foreign policy, demonstrations in the Middle East , attitudes toward democracy and the role of Islam in society and extremist groups and suicide bombing.
3. Results for the survey are based face-to-face interviews. All surveys are based on national samples except Pak, where the sample was disproportionately urban. Multi-stage cluster sample of all four provinces stratified by province (the FATA/FANA areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir were excluded for security reasons.
The survey has following main points.
a. As President Obama prepares to make a major address on the tumultuous changes spreading throughout the Middle East, a new survey finds that the rise of pro-democracy movements has not led to an improvement in America’s image in the region. Instead, in key Arab nations and in other predominantly Muslim countries, views of the U.S. remain negative, as they have been for nearly a decade. Indeed, in Jordan, Turkey and Pakistan, views are even more negative than they were one year ago.
b. A perception that the U.S. acts unilaterally, opposition to the war on terror, and fears of America as a military threat. And in countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Pakistan, most say their own governments cooperate too much with
c. In Pakistan – a nation plagued by terrorism over the last few years – 41% of Muslims said these attacks are often or sometimes justified in 2004; just 4% hold that view today.
d. Countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Pakistan, most say their own governments cooperate too much with the U.S.
e. The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project March 21- April 26, suggests the enthusiasm for democracy displayed by protestors in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere is consistent with public opinion in majority Muslim nations.
f. There is relatively little support for al Qaeda in Arab nations, Turkey and Indonesia.
g. Meanwhile, almost no Turks (4%) or Lebanese (3%) express positive sentiments about al Qaeda.