Syria’s Neighbors Want Assad to Step Down, But No Appetite for Aid to Rebels
After three years of civil war, Syria’s neighbors fear that al Qaeda or other extremist groups could take control of that war-torn land, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
In countries near Syria, widespread fear about the spread of violence, extremists
Middle East worries about spreading violence and a possible triumph by extremists in Syria have been evident in Pew Research surveys the past two years.
More Americans say U.S. failed to achieve its goals in Iraq
As Sunni militants make a major military push against the central government in Iraq, the Obama administration is said to have rebuffed requests from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to use drones to strike at extremist bases. That reported reluctance follows years of U.S. military intervention in Iraq that many Americans say was misguided and failed to achieve its goals.
Doubts About Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange
The public has a more negative than positive view of the prisoner exchange that freed U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, but most think the U.S. has a responsibility to do all it can to free captive U.S. soldiers in general, regardless of the circumstances of their capture.
Syria’s neighbors give Assad the thumbs down
Strong majorities of the publics in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Tunisia and Turkey and half the public in Lebanon voice a very unfavorable view of the embattled Syrian leader.
El-Sisi likely to win Egypt election, but questions about mandate remain
Low turnout in Egypt’s presidential election has raised concerns that a victory for former general Abdel Fattah El-Sisi would leave the government without a sufficient mandate.
Egyptians Divided on El-Sisi, Morsi Ouster
Slight majorities in Egypt support last year’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi and have a positive view of his likely replacement, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Key takeaways from our Egypt survey
Egyptians are about as unhappy with the direction of their country as they were back in spring 2010, less than a year before the revolution that toppled then President Hosni Mubarak. Today, 72% of Egyptians are dissatisfied with the country’s direction, while just 24% are satisfied.
Middle East’s Christian population in flux as Pope Francis visits Holy Land
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Jordan, the West Bank and Israel this weekend, a region where the Christian population is in flux and where Francis has expressed concern about their well-being.
Support for al Qaeda was low before (and after) Osama bin Laden’s death
Support for al Qaeda, the terrorist organization that Osama bin Laden founded, was low among the Muslim publics surveyed in 2010, and remained low in 2013, two years after bin Laden’s ignominious end.