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Stability is more important than democracy: Arab youth survey

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Stability is more important than democracy: Arab youth survey

<p>Bringing stability to Arab counties is a greater priority than promoting democracy, according to a survey of 3,500 young people across 16 countries in the Middle East and north Africa. </p> <p>More than half of respondents agreed that efforts to support democracy were less of a priority, the poll of 18-24 year olds by Asda’a Burson Marsteller showed. Just over a quarter of people disagreed.</p> <script id="infogram_0_muOUCtRdD3Lzn3Tg" title="Arab youth survey" src="//e.infogr.am/js/embed.js?oLr" type="text/javascript"></script> <p>The finding marks a shift in sentiment regarding the success of the Arab Spring, with the proportion of young people considering the movement positive for the Arab world having dropped to 36% from 72% in 2012.</p> <p>The rise of <span class="caps">ISIL</span> was identified as the biggest challenge facing the Middle East, with difficult economic conditions and unemployment being seen as the primary driver of the group’s recruitment success.</p> <p>The survey also found that young people believe:</p> <ul> <li>Religion plays too big of a role in the Middle East and the Sunni-Shia divide is a significant driver of unrest.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Leaders should do more to improve the personal freedom and human rights of citizens, particularly women.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The United Arab Emirates is the best country to live in.</li> </ul> <p>Full survey in <a href="http://www.arabyouthsurvey.com/en/whitepaper">www.arabyouthsurvey.com</a></p> <p><em>Main picture: Unemployed graduates take part in a demonstration to demand the government provide them with job opportunities in Tunis, Tunisia April 9, 2016. <span class="caps">REUTERS</span>/Zoubeir Souissi</em></p>