While attitudes toward Turkey and Iran are in decline across the region, Saudi Arabia continues to receive the highest favorable ratings in all Arab countries and Turkey. Majorities in all the Arab countries also see the Kingdom contributing to peace and stability and view having good relations with Saudi Arabia as important—with a majority of Iranians also favoring good relations with the Kingdom.So much for Wahhabism, Salafism, and Takfirism being outliers in Islam. The liberal West has a problem in the Middle East. Assuming this represent both the leadership and the "Arab street," they apparently do "hate our freedoms" after all.
Middle East Perceptions of the Roles Played by Global and Regional Powers
James J. Zogby | President of the Arab American Institute