On June 19, The Arab Forum for Alternatives hosted a seminar devoted to the presentation of the findings of the 2012-2013 Arab Index, as well as the results of the public opinion survey that was conducted regarding some of the issues facing the Arab Spring revolutions. Dr. Mohammad al-Masri presented the main findings of this research project, which is the largest of its kind in the Arab region, and Dr. Nivine Massad, professor of Political Science at the University of Cairo, commented on the presentation. The seminar was attended by a group of researchers from the social sciences and the humanities.

The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies conducted the Arab Index survey for 2012-2013 from July 2012 to March 2013 in 14 Arab countries: Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Kuwait; the survey was conducted in Libya and Kuwait for the first time. The survey was based on 21,350 respondent interviews, consisting of representative samples within their countries and conducted through direct personal interviews, with an error margin of ± 2-3 percent. The population that was covered by the survey represents 89 percent of the total population of the societies of the Arab region. As such, this survey is the largest polling project to be implemented in the Arab region for the second successive year. The work on the Index was done in cooperation with research centers and trained research teams in the surveyed countries under the supervision of the ARCPS.

The Arab Index is an annual survey conducted by the ARCPS with the purpose of measuring Arab public opinion trends on a number of subjects that affect the economy, society, and politics, including public opinion trends on questions of democracy and political and civic participation.

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