Arab Barometer Public Opinion Survey Series

The Arab Barometer Public Opinion Survey Series reflects multi-country social surveys designed to assess citizen attitudes about public affairs, governance, and social policy in the Arab World, and to identify factors that shape the public's attitudes and values.

The Arab Barometer was established in 2005 by scholars in the Arab world and the United States. Leadership was initially provided by the University of Michigan and Princeton University in the U.S. and by universities and research centers in Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Algeria and Kuwait. In 2010, a partnership was formed with the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) in order to expand the project's scope and range of activities, building off ARI's regional survey work carried out in 2006-2008. The Arab Barometer was developed in consultation with the Global Barometer project; a network composed of regional barometers in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and South Asia.

The first wave of the Arab Barometer began in 2006/07 with the first round of surveys administered in seven countries. An eighth country was surveyed in 2009. Funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative, the Arab Barometer broke new ground in a region where systematic and rigorous politically-focused public opinion research had been extremely rare. The surveys drew on the most advanced scientific expertise in the region and were co-directed by Arab and American specialists with a firm understanding of the Arab world. The eight countries included in the first round of the Arab Barometer are Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Bahrain, Algeria, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Yemen. All of the first wave surveys involved face-to-face interviews, and all used multi-stage area probability sampling to select respondents. Quotas were used in the final stage for Algeria and Kuwait. All respondents are eighteen years of age or older.

Additional information about the Arab Barometer surveys is available on the Arab Barometer Web site.

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2015
Tessler, Mark . Islam and Politics in the Middle East: Explaining the Views of Ordinary Citizens. Indiana Series in Middle East Studies. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
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2015
de Miguel, Carolina,  Jamal, Amaney,  Tessler, Mark . Elections in the Arab World: Why Do Citizens Turn Out?. Comparative Political Studies.
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2014
Abdel-Samad, Mounah . Why reform not revolution: A political opportunity analysis of Morocco 2011 protests movement. Journal of North African Studies.
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2014
Batniji, Rajaie,  Khatib, Lina,  Cammett, Melani,  Sweet, Jeffrey,  Basu, Sanjay,  Jamal, Amaney,  Wise, Paul,  Giacaman, Rita . Governance and health in the Arab world. Lancet. 383, (9914), 343-355.
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2012
Hoffman, Michael,  Jamal, Amaney . The youth and the Arab spring: Cohort differences and similarities. Middle East Law and Governance. 4, 168-188.
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2012
Tessler, Mark,  Jamal, Amaney,  Robbins, Michael . New findings on Arabs and democracy. Journal of Democracy. 23, (4), 89-103.
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2011
Sarkissian, Ani . The determinants of tolerance in Arab societies. APSA 2011 Annual Meeting . Seattle, WA.
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2011
Tessler, Mark . Popular views about Islam and politics in the Arab world. International Institute Journal. 1, (1),
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2010
Tessler, Mark . Religion, religiosity and the place of Islam in political life: Insights from the Arab barometer surveys. Middle East Law and Governance. 221-252.
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