Friday 12 August 2022 – 03:24
A recent report on “Sino-US competition in the Middle East and North Africa” suggested that this competition will continue for years to come, highlighting that “China remains the most popular compared to the United States of America in general; But this gap is narrowing.”
The report, prepared by the “Arab Barometer”, presented data of interest to Morocco, noting that 36 percent of Moroccans say they want economic relations with China to be stronger, compared to 42 percent who want them to be strengthened. with the United States of America. .
The document indicated that 64 percent of Moroccans surveyed said they were very satisfied or satisfied with China; 67% are over 30 years old and 64% are between 18 and 29 years old. In contrast, 69 percent of Moroccans said they were very satisfied or satisfied with the United States of America; 77% of them are over 30 years old and 66% are between 18 and 29 years old.
And 21 percent of Moroccans reported that China’s development of economic power is dangerous, compared to 22 percent who think that America’s economic development is dangerous.
The report found that, in general, across the region, citizens tend to favor China to some extent compared to the United States of America, and this is true in most of the countries surveyed.
The document noted that “nearly half or more said they had very or somewhat positive views of China, and this is in 8 of 9 communities surveyed, including at least 6 in 10 people in Morocco (64 percent), Mauritania ( 63 percent) and Sudan (60 percent).
It should be noted that the report was completed based on nine opinion polls representing the opinions of citizens that were carried out in the Middle East and North Africa in the period 2021-2022 within the work of the seventh session of the Arab Barometer. . The results include more than 23,000 interviews throughout the region and have a margin of error of two percentage points in each country.