Poll: 60% of Saudis favor allowing women to drive

A poll published Tuesday in Saudi Arabia claimed 60 percent of Saudis believe women should be allowed to drive in the ultraconservative Islamic kingdom. The results were published in the Okazdaily newspaper just two days after Saudi Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdel Aziz told reporters in Riyadh, the capital, that the Saudi government had no objections to allowing woman drivers as long as "their fathers, husbands, and brothers" approved. Polling methods, including the size of the sample and whether it included women, were not provided. But publication of the results in one of the kingdom's newspapers, which practice self-censorship and do not deal with issues contrary to the policies of the royal family, suggested high-level approval.
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