74% of Arab Youth Believe “The Best Days Are To Come”

The 2013 results are in for the ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey, a five year old study that gauges the opinions of young people ages 18-24 living in the Middles East, many of those countries Arab. This year the countries surveyed were Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq and Tunisia, and three new countries: Algeria, Morocco and Yemen. “The gender split of the survey is 60:40 male to female. The margin of error of the ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2013 is +/-2.19 per cent” (http://arabyouthsurvey.com/methodology/).

Analyzing the results of the survey, 87% of Arab youth are more proud to be Arab after the Arab Spring uprisings and 74% believe the best days are to come. “However, Arab youths agree that civil unrest and the lack of democracy are still the two biggest barriers to the region’s future development. But fair pay and owning their own home are their top priorities – even more important than living in a democracy” (http://www.7daysindubai.com/Survey-reveals-youth-feel-changes-Arab-World-mean/story-18654267-detail/story.html). With that said, the majority of those interviewed believe that the United Arab Emirates is a model nation for how the Middle East should be and believe the country as well as the government are going in the right direction

As an American youth who falls in the age bracket of 18-24, it is interesting to see that Arab youth have some of the same worries as myself and my peers. While we do not have to worry about major civil unrest or lack of democracy, Arab youth are worried about things American youth are such as unemployment and afraid of a rise in the cost of living. 




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