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Iran’s popularity in the Arab world has sharply dropped in the past decade, according to a new poll by the Arab American Institute presented in Washington on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted in June in Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, shows that majorities in all countries but Lebanon saw Iran as influencing the region negatively.

“It really was rather shocking,” said the director of the Arab American Institute, Dr. James Zogby. “Even a couple of years ago, people would say, ‘Oh, Arab leaders are against Iran, but their people aren’t.'”

In 2006, Iran’s positive rating stood at 68-82%, while today it stands at 6% in Saudi Arabia, 14% in Morocco, 22% in the UAE, 23% in Jordan, and 37% in Egypt.

(Natasha Mozgovaya –  Ha’aretz)

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