Saudi Poll Shows Domestic Sunni-Shia Split

(Washington Institute for Near East Policy) David Pollock - A poll last month by an Arab commercial market research company of 1,000 Saudi citizens found that 68% say "Arab states should play a new role in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, offering both sides incentives to take more moderate positions." The survey offers hard data about Saudi sectarian differences, where 90% are Sunni and 10% are Shia. Asked about Iran's recent policies, 46% of Saudi Shia express a favorable opinion - as against 3% of Saudi Sunnis. 57% of Saudi Shia have a positive view of Hizbullah, compared with 4% of Sunnis.

2017-10-04 00:00:00

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