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Arab Barometer


Arab Barometer

Stated Purpose: 

The objectives of the Arab Barometer are to produce scientifically reliable data on the politically-relevant attitudes of ordinary citizens, to disseminate and apply survey findings in order to contribute to political reform, and to strengthen institutional capacity for public opinion research.

Area of Governance: 
Civil Society
Funding Source: 

U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative; U.S. Institute of Peace; United National Development Programme; and Canadian International Research and Development Centre.

Current usage: 

Assess political attitudes and values across the region. The Arab barometer is quoted in the international press and is used as a source for other governance indicators.

Type of data used: 

Large-N  public opinion surveys - face-to-face interviews.


Country Coverage: Selected Arab States: Round 1: (6 countries) Morocco, Algeria, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen; Round 2: (13 countries) 7 additional countries: Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Syria, Kuwait, and Iraq.

Year Coverage:
Round 1: 2006-2009
Round 2: 2010-2013

Contact details: 

Arab Barometer


Note that barometer surveys exist in many regions. This one is tailored to the situation of Arab states, thus it includes questions about religion.
The used methodology compiles survey results from a number of Arab states to provide individual level and cross-country results on various questions. For collecting   the data, face-to-face interviews are conducted. These include questions on a wide range of topics pertaining to governance, political life and political, social and cultural values, including religion. A total of some 10,000 respondents were interviewed for the first round. 

Format of results: 

The results are presented in two different ways. Some results are presented as a percentage of the population response to particular questions in all the surveyed countries, while other are presented on 1 to 10 scale, the 10 representing the most positive perception (completely  appropriate; Complete satisfaction; Complete trust)  .

Valid Use: 

The surveys present a wide ranging snapshot of opinions across the participating countries and topics. This data may be used for data for theory-driven scholarly inquiry and for dissemination and outreach activities that are useful for political development. Over time with new and more rounds of surveys the Arab Barometer can provide a comparative insight into how people feel their governments are progressing in the areas of democracy and economic reform.

Invalid Use: 

The Arab Barometer survey results cannot be used  to make a general conclusion for the entire region, as the results only pertain to the 13 selected countries.

Example results: 

Arab Barometer 2 Round - Sudan 2012