Arab youth's opinion of the Sunni-Shia divides implications the unrest in MENA 2016

This statistic shows the views of Arab youth on the impact of the divide between observers of Sunni and Shia Islam on the ongoing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, as of February 2016. A 14 percent share of the respondents stated that they think that the divide between Sunnis and Shias had no significant impact on the current unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.

What is your assessment on the impact of the Sunni-Shia divide on the current unrest in the Middle East and North Africa?* **

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Sources

Release date

April 2016

Region

Africa, MENA

Survey time period

January 11 to February 22, 2016

Number of respondents

3,500 respondents

Age group

18-24 years

Special properties

Interview conducted in Arabic and English

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* The phrasing of this survey question as it appears in the report is as follows: "Which of the following is closest to your view about the sunni-shia divide and the ongoing unrest in the region? The Sunni-Shia divide...”.
** Sunni: major confession in Islam; Shia: confessional minority within Islam
The countries covered by this survey were Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen.
The survey did not include Syria due to the ongoing civil war there.
Respondents were exclusively comprised of citizens of the countries outlined above, with 50% male and 50% female respondents.
The margin of error for this survey is +/-1.65 per cent.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates had 300 respondents. Iraq had 250 respondents and Palestine had 150. Each remaining country had 200 respondents.
The majorty of respondents were from urban areas.

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