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Poll: Arab youth overwhelmingly disapprove of Donald Trump

Eighty-three percent of respondents in 16 Arab countries, ages 18-24, say they view the US president with 'concern, anger or fear.'

President Donald Trump speaks in the Kennedy Garden of the White House in Washington on Monday.
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A majority of young Arabs see Donald Trump's election as the factor most influencing their region in the next five years, a survey published on Wednesday showed, and they expressed concern that the US president was anti-Muslim.

Trump signed an executive order in March banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States, citing security reasons, but the action was blocked by a court.

The annual survey by Dubai-based public relations firm ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller of people aged between 18-24 across 16 Arab countries showed 64 percent of respondents viewed the Trump presidency with "concern, anger or fear."

Eighty-three percent viewed Trump unfavorably, far up from the 52 percent recorded by his predecessor Barack Obama and even exceeding the 77 percent disapproval rating for George W. Bush, whose invasion of Iraq made him especially unpopular in the Arab world.

Around 70 percent of respondents said Trump was anti-Muslim. Half said his proposed travel ban would make it easier for militant groups to recruit young Muslims.

Respondents listed oil prices as the factor next most likely to impact the region in the next five years, followed by the Islamic State group, which was seen as the biggest challenge in the region in last year's poll.

The survey was based on 3,500 face-to-face interviews carried out in countries ranging from Morocco and Egypt to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

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