The Military in Public Opinion: Data from Algeria and Sudan

This study presents the results of an opinion poll conducted among Algerian and Sudanese citizens regarding the role and influence of the military in the process of democratic transition. The militaries of both countries have played a crucial role in the aftermath of the protests that have swept both countries. The study also investigates people’s opinions on democracy as a model of government in Algeria and Sudan. It focuses on a group of questions: How much do Algerian and Sudanese citizens trust the army? Do you agree that ‘democratic regimes are not good at preserving public order?’ What do you think of the statement ‘the democratic system may have its problems but it is better than the alternative?’ The study draws on data provided by the Arab Opinion Index, which has been published by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies every year since 2011.

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This study presents the results of an opinion poll conducted among Algerian and Sudanese citizens regarding the role and influence of the military in the process of democratic transition. The militaries of both countries have played a crucial role in the aftermath of the protests that have swept both countries. The study also investigates people’s opinions on democracy as a model of government in Algeria and Sudan. It focuses on a group of questions: How much do Algerian and Sudanese citizens trust the army? Do you agree that ‘democratic regimes are not good at preserving public order?’ What do you think of the statement ‘the democratic system may have its problems but it is better than the alternative?’ The study draws on data provided by the Arab Opinion Index, which has been published by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies every year since 2011.

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