Half of Arabs say Clinton 'better for MENA than Trump'

YouGov/Arab News poll also finds sympathy for Trump’s stance on abortion, border control
Half of Arabs say Clinton 'better for MENA than Trump'
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Getty Images)
By Sarah Townsend
Thu 03 Nov 2016 02:01 PM

Just under half of Arabs would vote for Hillary Clinton and only 9 percent for Donald Trump, a survey has revealed.

A YouGov poll conducted in partnership with Saudi Arabian daily newspaper Arab News found that 44 percent of 3,017 respondents across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) would vote for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton – although 47 percent would snub both and refuse to vote in the US presidential election.

The survey also found that more than three-quarters (78 percent) of respondents said the US election result would have a direct impact on the MENA region regardless of who wins.

Arab audiences broadly agreed with Republican candidate Trump’s policies on outlawing abortion and tightening up on security and border controls – although he was not named against these policies in the survey questions.

And most of them backed Clinton’s line on climate change, immigrants in the US and US Israel policy.

However, respondents were split equally over the candidates’ viewpoints on divisive issues like the war in Syria and Iran’s nuclear deal.

Stephan Shakespeare, CEO of YouGov, said: “There is little enthusiasm for either candidate but 78 percent believe Clinton would be better for the Arab world if elected as president versus 22 percent for Trump.

“However, on abortion and security, the majority of Arab opinion backs Trump over Clinton. It is not unreasonable to assume that this support could extend to other important social issues.”

He added: “In a region where credible statistics can be scarce, we are delighted to have worked with Arab News to help shed light on the complexities of this area and try to help bring a better understanding.”

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