Polling the Arab Public (Mideast Monitor)


Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses why reliable measurements of public attitudes in non-democratic societies have always been elusive. This has particularly been the case over the last 60 years in the Arab world where a variety of “fierce” states, dominated by their security apparatuses, severely circumscribed societal and individual freedoms and had a profound chilling effect on public expression.