Arabs disapprove of Obama, US: Poll

A vast majority of people in the Arab world are not satisfied with US President Barack Obama and his administration’s policies in the Middle East, a new poll says.


The poll released was conducted by the Arab American Institute in six Arab nations -- Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the survey, the US is viewed less favorably in much of the Arab world today than it was during the final year of the Bush administration.
When President Bush left office, 9 percent of Egyptians had a favorable attitude towards the US. After Obama was elected, that number jumped to 30 percent. But today, only 5 percent of Egyptians surveyed said they have a favorable opinion of the US and its president.

Similar figures in Jordan, the UAE, and Morocco show that the initial optimism in the region has been eclipsed by a widespread sense of disappointment with Obama and US policies.

Only 10 percent of the respondents in Jordan and 12 percent in the UAE have favorable attitudes towards the US in 2011.

The poll also found that 88 percent of Moroccans think that Obama has not met the expectations laid out in his 2009 “Cairo speech.”
Disappointment was highest in Lebanon, where 99 percent disapprove of Obama’s policies, and in Saudi Arabia 77 percent felt let down.