View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Friday, May 29, 2009

Which World Leader Do Arabs Admire the Most?

This question was expressed as ‘Which Two World Leaders (outside your own country) do you admire the most?

The Answer
Overwhelming the answer is Hugo Chavez.

36% of Arabs surveyed in 2009 answered in favor of Hugo Chavez.

In 2008 Chavez won only 8% of the vote with Hassan Nasrallah coming in as the most admired leader at 27%.

Other most admired leaders in 2009 included the following:
Bashar al Assad (18%)
Jacques Chirac (18%)
Osama bin Laden (16%)
Nicolas Sarkozy (14%)

The Survey
The Annual Arab Public Opinion Survey 2009 which was conducted in April and May 2009, sampled the views of 4,087 people in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the Zogby polling organisation, the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6%.

For more detail on this and other questions and answers in the survey:
Arab Public Opinion Survey, 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound