Arab Youth Survey 2013: 88% of youth are happy with how Qatar is progressing
According to the 5th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey, over 88% of young nationals were happy with the direction that the country was moving over the last five years. Interestingly 50% said they were concerned about dangers of drug addiction.
As part of the survey, 3,000 personal interviews were conducted by international polling firm Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) with Arabnational men and women aged 18-24 from 15 countries between December 2012 and January 2013. The countries included: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Yemen.
These are some of the other interesting findings that were shared in a press statement issued by ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller:
- 75% of nationals, and 74% of the Arab youth, were optimistic about their future.
- 60% of nationals, and 54% of Arab youth, felt that their country could compete on an international stage.
- To the statement: “following the events of the Arab Spring, I am more proud to be an Arab”, 66% of the nationals, and 59% of the Arab youth, responded in the affirmative.
- Participants listed civil unrest, lack of democracy, lack of Arab unity, Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the lack ofpolitical direction as the major obstacles to the region’s development.
- 49% of nationals chose France as the most admired country outside the MENA region.
- 84% of nationals, and 82% of the Arab youth, considered “being paid a fair wage” as their highest priority. This is followed by “owning their own home” (61% of nationals) and “living in a democracy country” (58% of nationals).
- 22% of nationals plan to buy their own home at the age of 31-40 years. However, 13% of nationals feel they will never be able to afford one.
- Major concerns for Arab youth included: rising living costs (62%), followed by dangers of drugs (50%) and economy (49%).
- In terms of employment, 58% nationals prefer to work in the government sector while 20% chose the private sector.
- The popular source for news dissemination for nationals is the television (66%), followed by online news portals (54%). Also, only 48% of nationals keep themselves updated on the current news and affairs, while 26% get their dose of daily news through social networking sites.
Click here to view the detailed White Paper on the findings of the Fifth Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2013.