Lebanese political dynamics

Do anti-American attitudes coincide with anti-democratic attitudes?
The Orator. 3(1): 1-16. (April 2008)

This study examines the correlation between 1000 Lebanese respondents’ religious orientations and their feelings towards the United States and democracy. The data are provided from the Pew Global Attitudes Project administered by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International in April of 2005. Consistent with literature on Lebanon’s political history, the analysis reveals a negative correlation between Muslims and positive opinions toward the United States. However, because of the inequality of Lebanon’s government structure that favors Christians, there is a positive correlation between Muslims and a preference for a true democratic form of government in Lebanon. The study findings contribute to a more complete cultural understanding of Lebanese political dynamics.

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