A MAJORITY of young Arabs
see Donald Trump’s election as
the factor most influencing their
region in the next five years, a
survey published on Wednesday
showed, and they expressed
concern that the U.S. president
was anti-Muslim.
Trump signed an executive
order in March banning citizens
from six Muslim-majority
nations from traveling to the
United States, citing security
reasons, but the action was
blocked by a court.
The annual survey by Dubaibased
public relations firm ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller
of people aged between 18-24
across 16 Arab countries showed
64 percent of respondents
viewed the Trump presidency
with “concern, anger or fear”.
Eighty-three percent viewed
Trump unfavorably, far up from
the 52 percent recorded by his
predecessor Barack Obama and
even exceeding the 77 percent
disapproval rating for George
W. Bush, whose invasion of Iraq
made him especially unpopular
in the Arab world.
Around 70 percent of
respondents said Trump was anti-Muslim. Half said his
proposed travel ban would
make it easier for militant
groups to recruit young
Muslims.
Respondents listed oil prices
as the factor next most likely to
impact the region in the next
five years, followed by the
Islamic State group, which was
seen as the biggest challenge in
the region in last year’s poll.
The survey was based on
3,500 face-to-face interviews
carried out in countries ranging
from Morocco and Egypt to
Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

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