Saudi Arabians largely support Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, according to a poll published last week by a Washington D.C. think tank.
The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies polled nine Arab countries on their opinions of the U.S. presidential candidates, revealing that 68 percent of responses in Saudi Arabia came back positive for Clinton and 46 percent thought Donald Trump was "bad." Clinton was the preferred candidate by every nation involved.
The poll included an average of 400 people from each country of the polling group, which was comprised of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine (both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip), Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. Clinton was most popular in Morocco and Tunisia, where she was the preferred candidate by 78 percent and 76 percent, respectively. Trump came closest in Iraq with a fifth of the vote.
The poll also reflected Arab views on U.S. foreign policy and the impact the election might have to influence it. Results showed that 65 percent overall believed Clinton's presidency would have a positive effect on relations between the U.S. and the Arab world. Palestinian and Algerians were the most pessimistic about the significance of the election for U.S. foreign policy, with 39 percent of Palestinians and 36 percent of Algerians saying there would be "no change."
When asked their opinion on the priorities of U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world, most respondents, 28 percent, believed that the U.S. should not intervene in Arab affairs. The second most popular choice was combating the Islamic State group with 23 percent stating it should be the top priority of the U.S.
Clinton's relationship with Saudi Arabia has been scrutinized by her opponents. The Clinton Foundation received between $10 million and $25 million of donations by Saudi Arabia, which has been criticized for human rights abuses by the Department of State before, during and after Clinton's tenure as secretary.