Poll: Arab majorities in Mideast want Assad ousted
ByHILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
23 June 2012 07:24
Pew data shows Lebanon sole Arab country in ME that does not strongly endorse Syrian president's departure.
Syrian protesters outside Cairo embassy [file]

Anti-Assad Syrian protesters outside Cairo embassy 390 R. (photo credit:REUTERS)

WASHINGTON – Overwhelming majorities in the Arab countries surrounding Syria want to see President Bashar Assad step down, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.

The only neighboring country surveyed that did not strongly endorse Assad’s departure was Lebanon, where the public was split sharply along sectarian divides.



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Israel was not included in the report.

Eighty-nine percent of Jordanians and Egyptians, 88% of Tunisians and 67% of Turks want Assad to go, as do 53% of Lebanese. But while only small minorities in every country except Lebanon want him to stay, 97% of Shi’ite Lebanese do.

In contrast, only 20% of Sunnis and 28% of Christians do.

The numbers track closely with unfavorable views of Assad personally, which represents a dramatic shift. In a 2008 survey of Arab public opinion released by the Brookings Institution, Assad was the second most admired leader in the world, trailing only Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

However, even in places with huge majorities in favor of Assad’s relinquishing power, there is division about how that should be accomplished.

Only in Tunisia – with 63% and 61% support, respectively – do the majority of those surveyed want to see more sanctions applied or Arab military force used against Syria.

And while there is some support in Jordan, Egypt and Turkey for Arab-led action – 28%, 47% and 29%, respectively – backing for Western-led intervention is barely in the double digits (10% and 11% for the first two) and only somewhat higher (24%) in Turkey.

The survey was conducted between mid-March and mid-April, before the most devastating civilian massacres were reported. The margins of error ranged between +/- 3.8% to +/-5.2% in the various countries.
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