Arab Barometer

Arab Barometer (AB)

The Arab Barometer was established in 2005 by the Institute for Social Research of the University of Michigan in close collaboration with institutions and scholars in the Arab world. The project is a multi-country survey project that provides data for theory-driven scholarly inquiry and for dissemination and outreach activities that are useful for political development. Among the many topics covered in the Arab Barometer survey instrument are conceptions of governance and attitudes about democracy; tolerance and respect for diversity; civic engagement and political participation; inter-personal and political trust; attitudes toward status of women and gender equality; religiosity and religious attachments; support for terrorism and radical ideologies, and views of international relations and other countries.

Data from the first four waves of surveys may be found on the project's website. Arab Barometer surveys have been conducted one or more times in each of the following 15 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Qatar, and Yemen. The fifth wave of Arab Barometer surveys is currently under way. Surveys will be conducted in 15 countries during the latter half of 2018 and the first half of 2019.


Project Website


Mark Tessler, Center for Political Studies (PI); Amaney Jamal, Princeton University (Co-PI); and others (see project website)

U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative; U.S. Institute of Peace; United National Development Programme; International Development Research Centre of Canada; and others (see project website)

Funding Period
2005 - present