Brookings Poll – Obama loses; Iran gains

The ‘2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll’ conducted by the Zionist think tank Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and released on August 5, 2010 – shows that while Ben Obama is losing his popularity among the Arab population – Islamic Republic’s civilian nuclear program has gained more support among the Arab public.

This year’s poll surveyed 3,976 people in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates, during the period of June 29–July 20, 2010.

Among the most striking findings on the question of attitudes toward President Obama: Early in the Obama administration, in April and May 2009, 51% of the respondents in the six countries expressed optimism about American policy in the Middle East. In the 2010 poll, only 16% were hopeful, while a majority – 63% – was discouraged.

On Iran’s potential nuclear weapons status, results show another dramatic shift in public opinion. While the results vary from country to country, the weighted average across the six countries is telling:  in 2009, only 29% of those polled said that Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons would be “positive” for the Middle East; in 2010, 57% of those polled indicate that such an outcome would be “positive” for the Middle East.

The Brookings was established by Robert s. Brookings (photo top left) during WW I.

The Saban Center for Middle East Policy: Its analyses are made from American and Zionist perspectives. It is directed by Martin S. Indyk, former American ambassador to Tel Aviv and co-founder of WINEP, a think tank of Likud. It was name after his sponsor, Jewish millionaire Haim Saban, co-owner of Fox TV, and was inaugurated by Abdullah, King of Jordan.

Henry Kissinger, Susan Rice, Madeleine Albright, Nigel Purvis, etc. are members of Brookings. In fact, more than half of Brookings Institution currently 142 researchers seem to have worked for the National Security Council or the White House.

In the year 2003, Brookings Institution’s goods were assessed at 197 million dollars and a donation of 10 million dollars was added to its profits. The institution budget was calculated at 39 million dollars. 275 persons worked at the main office plus 40 additional researchers abroad. Brookings Institution published 27 reports and 50 books in 2003.

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