As a political idea, the ‘Arab Spring’ progressed into a testing summer.
The sense of collective awakening that characterised simultaneous uprisings across the region between February and April gave way to a news-cycle of stalemates, failed uprisings and fragmented reform-movements from Egypt and Tunisia to Libya, Syria, Bahrain and elsewhere.
To investigate further, we undertook fieldwork from 4th to 14th August 2011 using YouGov’s online Middle Eastern panel of 260,000 respondents. Drawn from a sample size of over 2,000, our results indicate that despite the regional stagnation, Arab public opinion continues to reflect strong panregional support for both reform and protest. It is worth noting, however, where the proposed emphasis of this reform lies.