Association for Defending Victim of Terrorism – Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies published 2022 Arab Opinion Index that is the eighth in a series of public opinion surveys conducted across the Arab world.
The 2022 Arab Opinion Index is based on findings from face-to-face interviews conducted between June and December 2022 with 33,300 individual respondents in 14 Arab countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Tunisia.
A total of 80% of respondents supported the sentiment that the various Arab peoples form a single nation, in contrast to 17% who agreed with the statement that, “The Arab peoples are distinct nations, tied together by only tenuous links.”
Respondents in the Arab region provided different answers when asked, in an open-ended question format, to name the country that poses the greatest threat to the security of the Arab world. A combined total of 59% of respondents consider Israel and the United States to be the two countries that most threaten the security of the Arab world.
When presented with a list of countries and asked whether each country poses a threat to the security and stability of the region, 84% of respondents said that Israel poses a threat and 78% said that the United States does. 35% of respondents said that Turkey’s policies represent a source of threat to the security and stability of the Arab region, and 37% believe that China’s policies threaten the security and stability of the region. It is thus clear that Israel is considered the greatest threat to the region.
When asked to name the country that poses the greatest threat to respondents’ own countries, 28% said that Israel is the biggest threat to their country, while 13% pointed to the United States as the greatest threat.
The first survey was conducted in 2011, with others following in 2012–2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017–2018, and 2019–2020.