However, what really stood out to me from the report was this finding:
This is encouraging. If Middle Eastern economies modernised, that could be the beginning of a virtuous cycle in the region. However, of course, in the many Middle Eastern societies that are not democratic, public opinion has a limited impact.“
“There is as much support for the free market in the Middle East as there is in Western Europe. And a higher percentage of Palestinians (82%) than any Western European public agrees that people are better off in a free market economy, even though some are rich and some are poor.”
PS The survey also shows that only South Koreans are more negative about their national economy than the British.