Survey Methodology

The Political and Social Transformations in the Arab World (ArabTrans) Survey

What is the ArabTrans Survey?

The ArabTrans survey was a multi-stage probability public opinion survey with a sample of residents aged 18 years and over of adequate size to generalise at country level. Face-to-face interviews were conducted in each of the countries in Arabic by trained interviewers.

Which Countries did the Survey Cover?

The public opinion survey delivered data for six Middle Eastern and North African countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Which topics did the survey cover?

The survey was designed to measure the political, economic and social attitudes of citizens in the six countries as well as their reported political and social behaviour. As well as collecting demographic information on the respondents the survey covered respondents’ attitudes, perceptions and behaviours on matters relating to: the economic situation of the country and their households; the security and safety of their country and their households; politics, governance and democracy; religion; gender equality and the empowerment of women; the main political, economic and social challenges facing their countries; international relations with a special focus on EU-MENA relations; the Arab Uprisings; and the media, including new social media.

When was the survey carried out?

The surveys were carried out between June and November 2014


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