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Arab Youth Survey: Islamic State Will Fail

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FILE - Tunisians celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring, in Tunis, Jan.14, 2016. A new Arab Youth Survey found just five years after the Arab spring, a majority of respondents prioritized stability over democracy in the region.

FILE - Tunisians celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring, in Tunis, Jan.14, 2016. A new Arab Youth Survey found just five years after the Arab spring, a majority of respondents prioritized stability over democracy in the region.

Despite growing desperation in the region, "an overwhelming majority" of young Arabs reject the beliefs of the Islamic State group, according to a new Arab Youth Survey.

The survey by ASDA'A Buron-Marsteller found that 77 percent of Arabs aged 18-24 are concerned about the rise of IS, with 50 percent of them saying they are very concerned.

However, most say they believe it will fail to establish a state.

Most of the youth surveyed believe that a lack of jobs and opportunities for young people is to blame for driving the group's recruitment, but one in four said they couldn't think of any reason why anyone would join the group.

Just five years after the Arab Spring -- a period when democratic uprisings occurred across the Arab world -- a majority of respondents prioritized stability over democracy in the region.

Arab Spring

Only 36 percent said they felt the Arab world was better off after the Arab Spring, a dramatic decrease from 2012 when 72 percent felt positive about the outcome.

Egypt was the only country in the survey where a majority still felt their lives are better after the Arab Spring.

Other key findings included a split of opinions on Iran's nuclear deal and the conflict in Syria.

The survey indicated there is a desire to improve personal freedoms and human rights, especially those of women. It also found that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are seen as the top allies in the region.

The eighth ASDA'A Buron-Marsteller Arab Youth survey conducted over 3,500 face-to-face interviews in 16 Arab countries (Syria was excluded this year due to its civil unrest) with equal numbers of male and female respondents.

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