A recent poll in the Arab world has found that Little faith on both Donald Trump and Joe Biden will be good for the Middle East and North Africa.
Trump and Biden popularity in the Arab world nearly half of respondents to the poll a joint venture between the research firm YouGov and the Saudi-owned newspaper Arab News expressed this view.
In the other half, 40% of respondents said that for the Middle East and North Africa, Biden is more appropriate and 12% think President Trump is better.
The survey was conducted online last month in 16 Middle Eastern countries. The title of the survey was – What do the Arabs want?
Neither incumbent President Donald Trump nor his rival Democrat candidate Joe Biden was considered popular by the poll participants.
However, they are a little ahead of Biden. In fact, 89% of those surveyed did not like President Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy in Jerusalem to Israel in December 2016.
However, the people of Iraq and Yemen liked Trump. They think that Iran has taken other drastic measures including sanctions. Trump that they have supported.
About 58% of those in Iraq said they supported the US decision to assassinate General Kashem Soleimani the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards earlier this year. On the other hand, exactly the same number of people in Syria 57% said they were opposed to the decision.
Biden served eight years in the White House from 2009 to 2016 under President Obama. Survey participants were asked what they thought of the administration.
Respondents Biden did not show much enthusiasm either. Most say President Obama did not look to the Middle East in his time and did little for them. They say, If Biden is elected they will expect him to resign. Stay away from Obama’s policy. He will work with new perspectives.
Although there was no evidence of interference in the survey it is important to note that those with whom the survey was conducted are Arab News a Riyadh-based news agency in Saudi Arabia and the media outlets that comply with approved government editorial policies.
Saudi Arabia is Iran’s rival in the region and the Saudi leadership has never forgiven President Obama for concluding a nuclear deal with Iran in 2015.
President Trump later pulled out of the deal and imposed more stringent nuclear program monitoring measures. Trump also announced the imposition of nuclear and economic sanctions on Iran.
Saudi leaders were among the critics of the deal reached during Obama’s tenure. They argued that Iran’s powerful security agencies were spending a lot of money on building ballistic missile programs conducting covert and special operations in the Gulf and pursuing an aggressive policy in the Middle East which the country should spend on improving people’s lives.
Given the historical distrust of the Palestinian people towards American policy towards Israel, the answers of the Palestinians who took part in the survey are somewhat surprising. Palestinian respondents to the survey said they were in favor of a greater role for the United States in reaching a peace agreement.
The survey came as a surprise to many after the UAE signed an agreement to normalize relations with Israel.
The survey asked about US immigration policy. About 75% of those polled hope the White House administration will make it easier for Arabs to travel to the United States.