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99% of Arab youths prioritise democracy - survey

Survey says democracy most important priority for 99% of Arab youths in Middle East.

Living in a democratic country is the single most important priority for 99 percent of Arab youths in the Middle East, according to the results of a new survey released on Sunday.

In the UAE, 96 percent of respondents to the Second ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey answered that they considered living in a democratic country to be ‘very important or ‘somewhat important’ to them. [

Click here to view the key findings of the Arab Youth Survey


Youths surveyed in Kuwait were most concerned about democracy, with 99 percent placing answering that it was their biggest concern out of a list of 16 major topics.

This was followed by Egypt (98 percent), Lebanon (95 percent), Bahrain (92 percent), Saudi Arabia (90 percent), Qatar (88 percent) and Jordan (87 percent).

Omani youths proved to be the most ambivalent of the survey group, with only 85 percent placing democracy at the top of their list of concerns.

The survey was carried out in October last year and involved face-to-face interviews with 2,000 Arab youths aged 18 to 24 years old in nine countries.

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Tarek 10 years ago

Why don't you use accurate title, the article mentions that only in Kuwait 99% of the youth put democracy at the top of the list. For the remaining countries it was less than that and hover between 85% and 98%, making the overall results for all those surveyed somewhere around 92% and not 99% as mentioned in the title. Another thing that I don't understand is why all these articles concentrate only on the GCC plus a couple of other levaint countries and possibly Egypt, why you never survey other North African countries that hold up to 25% of the Arab population.

langyaw 10 years ago

I am convinced that democracy is not right for the GCC, because Sheikhdom is doing well already. why fix it if it's not broken? IMO, as long as the rulers (and hopefully their successors, too) are ruling in kindness, righteousness and justice, it's people will have nothing to fear, but can live and work in peace and prosperity. but if the rulers become treacherous and oppressive and unjust, that's when people should ask for democracy, or pack up. a semblance of democracy is sufficient, such as electing ministers who will help rule the land. but to "empower" the people and enable them to change political systems and structures will be dangerous, IMHO. look. among the reasons expats are coming here is because their democratic countries are a political mess, and such a system does not allow for consistency and continuity of progress and development. besides, the countries ranking high in the corruption index are democratic countries. the UAE wouldn't want to be in *that* list. -- langyaw

AK 10 years ago

It would be useful to know what were the 16 major topics were, because without them we don't really know much... So the arab youth think democracy is important to them... more important than what? Than healthcare? That fancy cars? We need more information in order to draw an appropriate conclusion of these percentages...