7th Annual ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2014/15
Confidence among Arab youth that the Arab Spring would bring positive change across the region is declining and as a result they are uncertain whether democracy could ever work in the Middle East, according to the 7th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey released today.
When asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement “Democracy will never work in the region,” 39 per cent of Arab youth agree it will never work, 36 per cent think it could work while the remaining 25 per cent are unsure. Conflicting views on democracy are further highlighted when youth are asked to name the biggest obstacles facing the region with just 15 per cent citing “lack of democracy,” down from 38 per cent in 2014, 43 per cent in 2013 and 41 per cent in 2012. In 2011, “living in a democracy” was the most important desire for 92 per cent of Arab youth polled.
Similarly, confidence among youth that the Arab Spring would bring positive change across the region is declining. In 2015, just 38 per cent agree that the Arab world is better off following the Arab Spring, compared to 54 per cent in 2014, 70 per cent in 2013, and 72 per cent in 2012.