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Iran is now viewed unfavorably in a majority of Arab countries, according to a major new survey conducted by James Zogby of 20 Arab and Muslim countries ... Its nothing new to say that sectarianism has spiked over the last two years, after beingMoreIran is now viewed unfavorably in a majority of Arab countries, according to a major new survey conducted by James Zogby of 20 Arab and Muslim countries ... Its nothing new to say that sectarianism has spiked over the last two years, after being largely absent in the early heady days of the Arab uprisings. Zogbys wide-ranging survey offers some fascinating new evidence, however.— Mark Lynch, Tehran Tanking, Foreign PolicyData compiled by Zogby Research Services builds on prior surveys that revealed a collapse of support for Iran in most Arab countries in 2011 compared to 2006.— Barbara Slavin, Poll: Sectarianism, Syria Drive Negative Image of Iran, al-MonitorWhen American policy makers discuss Iran, the focus is on Israel, as if that were the only issue to consider. In reality, the Islamic Republic of Iran is not only a concern for Americans and Israelis. It is also a growing concern for people across the Arab and Muslim Worlds.In Looking at Iran: the Rise and Fall of Iran in Public Opinion, James Zogby examines how in just six years Iran has experienced a precipitous decline in popularity among Arabs and Muslims. Based on brand new polling in 20 Arab and Muslim countries, this book reveals:• the degree of Irans fall from favor during the past decade. Once praised for its defiance of the West, now it is increasingly seen as a meddlesome provocateur-• the role played by Irans involvement in Iraq, Bahrain and Syria in alienating Arab public opinion - with Syria being the nail in the coffin of Irans popularity-• the growth of a worrisome Sunni/Shia divide which threatens the unity of several Arab and Muslim countries-• how Irans nuclear program, once only the concern of governments, is now opposed by publics in almost every Arab and Muslim country- and• how the Obama Administrations lower profile in the Middle East and leading from behind has actually improved US standing in Arab public opinion.In preparing this eBook, ZRS surveyed 20,051 citizens in 20 countries: 17 Arab countries (Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia) and three non-Arab countries (Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan). Looking at Iran includes, in an Appendix, a full report on the results from each country.