A very interesting survey by Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar shows that more people agree with the opposition than the government.
The survey asks, do you blame the US for the crisis in Lebanon – that’s the opposition’s view – 50% say yes.
It asks, do you blame Syria and Iran for the crisis in Lebanon – that’s the government’s view – 35% say yes.
(So we’ve obviously got 15% which don’t support either group)
The survey also shows that differences between the sects are as strong as ever.
It also shows that the Druze are at one end of the spectrum, with the Shia at the other end. The Druze are overwhelmingly pro-US, anti-Syria and the Shia are overwhelmingly the other way. What is interesting is the size of these percentages. So while there is some disagreement within the Sunni and Christian camps, the Druze and Shia are standing by their leaders to almost unbelievable extents.
The US is to blame for the political deadlock in Lebanon:
95% of Shia say yes
37% of Sunnis say yes
37% of Christians say yes
and amazingly, just 5% of Druze say yes
We see a similar breakdown when we ask…are Syria and Iran to blame for the crisis:
just 2% of Shia say yes
33% of Christians say yes
59% of Sunnis say yes
and 79% of Druze say yes
Full details here.