Daily Management Review

Arab Region Driven In ‘Wrong Direction’ In Last 10 Years, Say Arab Your: Survey


05/08/2018




A regional survey conducted among Arabs aged between 18 and 24 years has shown that a majority of them are of the opinion that in the last ten years, the Middle East has moved in the wrong direction.
 
Compared to 40 percent of Arab youths who felt that the Middle East has moved on in the right direction, 55 percent felt otherwise as disclosed in the survey conducted and published by the ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab youth survey.
 
Among that 55 percent of the youth who believed their region has moved in the wrong direction, 85 percent belong to the Levant region comprising of the area that includes Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen and Iraq.
 
In comparison, only 49 percent of respondents in North Africa and 34 percent in Gulf countries were of the opinion that their region has been wrongly led in the last 10 years.
 
While the survey did not ask the respondents what the wrong way was or what had gone wrong according to them, the survey did inquire about the changes that they felt were necessary so that the Arab world could move in the right direction over the coming decade. Measures to combat terrorism, job creation, modernization of the education system and a clamp down on government corruption were the top priorities of the respondents in response to the question.
 
For the Middle East's largest demographic, this survey is the largest one and was started in 2008. The youth population in the region is on the rise.
 
The method of the survey is face-to-face interviews conducted with 3,500 young Arabs aged between 18 and 24 years and the survey interviewed the same amount of men and women. The respondents all belong to the countries from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), North African countries, the Levant and Palestinian territories.
 
In the last decade, the largest impact on the region has been made by the Arab Spring (of late 2010/2011) and the militant group Islamic State, said the Arab youth interviewed. However, they all agreed that the movements have had a negative impact on the region.
 
While 56 percent of the respondents opining that the Arab Spring had been negative, there were 88 percent who belied that the so called Islamic state or ISIS was a bad influence on the region. Top of Form
 
There were pessimistic sentiments expressed about their future by most of the youth from the Levant region as disclosed by the survey. 72 percent of Levant youth surveyed stated that their best days are "behind us". In comparison, 62 percent of the North African youth and 82 percent of Gulf youth believe that their future holds good for them.
 
(Source:www.cnbc.com)






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