Media Use in the Middle East, 2015
A six-nation survey by Northwestern University in Qatar
Social Media

What Digital Divide? Vibrant Demand for Online Information

Freedom of Speech, Online Privacy, and Political Empowerment

Support for the idea of online free speech; ambivalence expressing oneself in practice

Bias and Credibility

Trust in media holds steady across the region, while more choose national over pan-Arab news

Key Indicators of Media Use

Greater Demand for Comedy and Arabic Content

International Comparisons

Borders and Beliefs in Arab States and Beyond

Focus on Qatar

Qatar’s unique demographics and culture are reflected in news and internet use patterns that diverge from other countries in the region

Profiles of Media Users

Media users by national optimism, perceived bias, age and education


High-level conclusions and themes found throughout the final survey data


Use the data filter to explore survey questions by age, gender, nationality, education, conservatism, and social media use.