At a recent Brookings event, Shibley Telhami presented the results of the 2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll. In this video from the event, Telhami discusses some of the reasons why attitudes toward the Obama administration have shifted in the Arab world, saying that the outcome of the Iraq elections played a large role in the shift.
In April and May 2009 – early on in the Obama administration – 51% of the respondents in the six countries expressed optimism about American policy in the Middle East. According to the 2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll, only 16% were hopeful, while 63% were discouraged.
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