The 2009 Arab Public Opinion Poll: A View From the Middle East

The 2009 Arab Public Opinion Poll: A View From the Middle East

Last month, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution held an event to present the findings from a recent University of Maryland/Zogby International public opinion poll (59 pages, PDF) on perceptions of the United States and President Obama in the Middle East. Brookings has released video and audio of the event, at which Shibley Telhami, Saban Center non-resident senior fellow and principal investigator of the poll, discussed the results with James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, and Marc Lynch, associate professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. While the results of the poll offer some hope that the United States can improve its relations with other countries in this critical part of the world, experts warn that a misstep on the part of the new U.S. administration could have negative repercussions throughout the region.