5th Annual ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2012/13
Representing a resounding vote of confidence in the Middle East and North Africa’s future outlook, three-quarters of Arab youth say their best days are ahead of them, according to the 5th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey. An overwhelming 74% of all Arab youth surveyed in 15 countries across MENA agree with the statement: “Our best days are ahead of us”.
In each of the 15 countries surveyed, a clear majority are optimistic about the future, with a nearly equal percentage of youth in the Gulf and non-Gulf states (76% and 72%, respectively) saying “our best days are ahead of us”. Likewise, more than half (58%) believe their country is “heading in the right direction” considering the last 12 months, while 55% say their national economy is also heading in the right direction.
In the wake of the Arab Spring, regional youth are prouder than ever of their national identity. Nearly nine out of 10 young Arabs (87%) feel “more proud to be an Arab” following the uprisings, and 59% believe recent changes in their country will have a positive impact on them and their family. Two-thirds (67%) feel “better off” following the events of the Arab Spring and 45% believe their national government has become more transparent.
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