Libyan Public Opinion: Continuity and Change





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Democratic Arabic Center for Strategic, Political & Economic Studies


Dr. Mustafa Abdalla Abulgasem Kashiem


74 - 105


This chapter examines the attitudes toward the democratic transition process in Libya post-Kaddafi era (2012-2016). A legitimate question that reflects the problem of this chapter is asking in this regard: what are the crucial factors that affect public opinion in Libya's post-Kaddafi regime? General and null hypotheses may develop to answer the question that arose in this chapter. To describe and analyze the dynamic of Libyan attitudes in the post-Kaddafi era and to examine general and null hypotheses, this chapter is divided into several subtitles: Libya's political culture, Libya's democratic process, Libyan attitudes, continuity, and change of attitudes in Libya post-Kaddafi era. The findings of this study demonstrate that the Libyans no longer view themselves as belonging to parochial or subjective political cultures; therefore, the registration rate in the July 2012 election reached 93%, and the ratio of actual voter turnout reached 65% of the total eligible voters. Furthermore, the Libyan Attitudes in the Post-Kaddafi era reflect positive orientations toward most of the issues included in the questionnaires of 2012 and 2016. However, few items reflected negative attitudes in 2012 and 2016, such as anti-federalism. Keywords: Libyan Public Opinion, System Attitudes, Process Attitudes, Policy Attitudes, Continuity, and Change

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