Here's what the Arab youth is really interested in, survey reveals

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Young Arabs throughout the Middle East express a high level of confidence in the Crown Prince and his leadership, with 63 percent supporting his appointment, 64 percent viewing him as a strong leader, and 59 percent saying Mohammed bin Salman will lead Saudi Arabia in the right direction.

The survey also reveals that the perception of global power in the region has shifted markedly, with a majority of Arab youth across the region now viewing the U.S. as an adversary and Russian Federation, instead, seen as the top non-Arab ally among young people.

Sunil John, founder of ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller and President, Middle East, Burson Cohn & Wolfe, said: "This is a milestone Survey for us, marking a full decade of the region's leading study into its most important demographic. Looking forward to the next decade, it's clear that Mohammed bin Salman represents great hope for young Arabs across the region who demand to see clear action on these pressing issues".

That is one of the key findings to come out of a face-to-face survey of 3,500 Arabs between the ages of 18-24 across the region earlier this year.

In worse news for the United States and its allies, young Arabs now see Russian Federation as the rising force in the region.

Young Arabs increasingly believe that Daesh is getting weaker, with 78 percent agreeing with that proposition, and 68 percent confident in their government's ability to deal with the terrorist organization.

Russian Federation came in at fourth, with one in five young Arabs saying the Putin regime was their biggest ally. Asked who their country's best ally is, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the top choice for Arab youths overall.

Young people aged 18 to 24 in the Levant - an area including Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen and Iraq - were particularly unhappy with 85 percent feeling the Arab world had moved in the wrong direction.

This finding stands in contrast to the response from young Arabs when asked which country other than their own they would most like to live in, and which they would like their own nation to emulate, where the U.S. ranks second, behind the UAE.

The Trump factor: 73% of Arab youth said President Trump's election has had a negative impact on their countries. Additionally, respondents' most trusted media brand is CNN.

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