The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, and its Washington Branch in particular, has an enduring interest in exploring Arab public opinion trends regarding US policies in the Arab region, given the leading role that the United States plays in the Middle East region. This interest grew following the 2016 election of Donald Trump as a new president – one who had advocated contentious policies towards the region and Islam during his electoral campaign and after his accession to power – and who took up the presidency following the US occupation of Iraq in
2003 and the subsequent internationalization of Arab regional crises such as seen in Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. To give Arab citizens an opportunity to express their views of those policies the Arab Center conducted a public opinion survey of the Arab region towards US policies towards the end of the first year of Trump’s presidency. Between 14 September and 13 October 2017 a sample of 3,198 male and female respondents was surveyed, averaging 400 respondents per country in the eight Arab societies of Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza Strip), Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.
Survey sampling followed a randomized, stratified, multi-stage, self-weighted clustered approach to ensure an equal likelihood of representation of each member of the society in the sample, as well as of geographical areas, weighted relative to
population, of each of the eight countries surveyed. Opinion sampling of citizens (aged 18 years and over) of diverse gender and educational attainment thus provided representative samples of the societies of those countries. The confidence rate in the polling of each community was 95% with a margin of error of ± 5%.