The Relative Importance of Religion and Region in Explaining Differences in Political Economic and Social Attitudes in Iraq in 2014: Findings from the Arab Transformations Public Opinion Survey

Arab Transformations Working Paper 1

40 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2017

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Andrea Teti

University of Aberdeen

Pamela Abbott

School of Education, University of Aberdeen

Date Written: April 1, 2016

Abstract

Based on the Arab Transformations survey of Iraq in 2014, this paper examines the relative weight of religious identification and region of residence in several key areas, including main challenges perceived by the population, perceptions of security, of economic conditions, of governance, political mobilisation, corruption, and migration. Contrary to the perception that sectarian identity is the most important factor in understanding contemporary Iraqi politics, this analysis shows that religious identification is often a confounding variable, and that regional location better captures variations in respondents’ perceptions, including in key areas such as security, the economy, and migration.

Keywords: Iraq, Religion, Region, Political Attitudes, Social Attitudes, Economic Attitudes

JEL Classification: N45

Suggested Citation

Teti, Andrea and Abbott, Pamela, The Relative Importance of Religion and Region in Explaining Differences in Political Economic and Social Attitudes in Iraq in 2014: Findings from the Arab Transformations Public Opinion Survey (April 1, 2016). Arab Transformations Working Paper 1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903286 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2903286

Andrea Teti

University of Aberdeen ( email )

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United Kingdom

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Pamela Abbott (Contact Author)

School of Education, University of Aberdeen ( email )

Aberdeen, Scotland
United Kingdom

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