Kuwaitis hold most nega­tive views of Trump among Arabs

60% say Clin­ton will have ‘pos­i­tive im­pact’ on Kuwait

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Among Arabs, Kuwaitis have the most nega­tive view of US Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump, and only half have a pos­i­tive view of his ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton, a pub­lic opin­ion sur­vey from the Arab Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, DC showed late Tues­day. Some 69 per­cent of re­spon­dents from Kuwait said they dis­ap­prove of the real es­tate mogul, com­pared to his over­all 60 per­cent dis­ap­proval rat­ing in the re­gion, the re­sults re­vealed.

Mean­while, 50 per­cent of re­spon­dents from Kuwait said they ap­proved of the for­mer first lady, com­pared to her over­all 56 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing in the re­gion. Kuwait was among the eight coun­tries from which a to­tal of 3,200 peo­ple over the age of 18 were ran­domly se­lected to an­swer ques­tions on the up­com­ing US elec­tion. The other coun­tries were Al­ge­ria, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, the Pales­tinian Ter­ri­to­ries (West Bank and Gaza), Saudi Ara­bia and Tu­nisia. There were 400 re­spon­dents from each na­tion, and ques­tions were asked over the phone.

The most fa­vor­able view of Trump is in Iraq at 34 per­cent, and the least fa­vor­able view of Clin­ton is held by Pales­tini­ans at 54 per­cent, re­sults showed. Over­all, 66 per­cent of the Arab pub­lic prefers a Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion if they had to choose be­tween her and Trump, and only 11 per­cent said they would like to see a Trump pres­i­dency. An­other 11 per­cent said they have no pref­er­ence, and the re­main­ing 11 per­cent said they do not know. The strong­est pref­er­ence for Clin­ton is in North Africa, pri­mar­ily in Morocco and Tu­nisia, the data showed.

When it comes to US for­eign pol­icy to­wards the Arab world, 35 per­cent of Kuwaiti re­spon­dents said the Nov 8 elec­tion will mean “some change” in pol­icy, ver­sus 31 per­cent who feel there will be “no change” when the next pres­i­dent is sworn in. As to how the elec­tion would af­fect Kuwait it­self, just over 60 per­cent of Kuwaiti re­spon­dents said Clin­ton would have a “pos­i­tive im­pact” on their coun­try. Less than 10 per­cent thought the same of Trump.

Mean­while, 34 per­cent of Pales­tini­ans be­lieve that nei­ther can­di­date will do any good for their cause, the sur­vey said, but Clin­ton is fa­vored at three times the rate as Trump. The most faith in Trump lies in Iraq, where 19 per­cent of re­spon­dents be­lieve that he would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on their coun­try specif­i­cally. Over­all, 30 per­cent of Arabs do not ex­pect the elec­tion re­sults to cre­ate change in how the US ap­proaches the Mid­dle East, but they also ap­pear to be di­vided, be­cause an al­most equal num­ber be­lieve there would also be “some change”.

When asked what top two is­sues the next Ad­min­is­tra­tion should fo­cus on, the pre­vail­ing an­swer across the re­gion was that the US should stop med­dling in Arab af­fairs, yet close be­hind was a de­sire for the US to com­bat the so-called Is­lamic State (IS). Sur­pris­ingly, “a just so­lu­tion to the Pales­tinian cause” was ranked third, while “a so­lu­tion to the Syr­ian cri­sis in line with the as­pi­ra­tions of the Syr­ian peo­ple” was ranked fourth. Ad­dress­ing the cri­sis in Ye­men came in last, even be­low the cat­e­gory of “other”.

The Arab Cen­ter Wash­ing­ton DC said 60 per­cent of Arabs “fol­low the US pres­i­den­tial race on a reg­u­lar or oc­ca­sional ba­sis”, and the ma­jor­ity - 59 per­cent - keep up with de­vel­op­ments via satel­lite tele­vi­sion. Thirty per­cent track the news via the in­ter­net, the sur­vey showed. The think tank, led by Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Khalil Dahshan, is a non-profit that de­scribes its mis­sion as “fur­ther­ing eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, and so­cial un­der­stand­ing of the Arab World in the United States.”The mar­gin of er­ror for each coun­try-level sam­ple is pegged at 5 per­cent. — KUNA

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