The 2006 Pew Global Attitudes report is out - I had seen some of these numbers a little bit ago, but they were embargoed until now. Lots of interesting stuff in there, as usual - I'll focus here on the two Arab countries were surveyed this time, Jordan and Egypt.
All in all, the Pew surveys aren't showing much evidence of greater success in public diplomacy - if you think that these surveys should be such a metric (I don't think they should be but inevitably will be... kind of like the US News college rankings. I'll elaborate on that in a forthcoming paper, not now.) Favorable opinions of the US in Jordan have dropped back to 15% (from 21% last year), while 30% of Egyptians expressed favorably opinions of the US - which seems a bit high to me, but who am I to argue with the gold standard of international survey research? Well, it seems a bit high to me. 16% of Jordanians "support the US war on terror" - up from 12% in 2005, suggesting a 4% "Zarqawi bump" after the Amman hotel bombings. Only 10% of Egyptians support the US war on terror - which again makes that 30% favorable rating look odd. Only 10% of Egyptians and 16% of Jordanians (familiar numbers, no?) think that the war in Iraq made the world safer.
There's a lengthy section of the report about the Iran question which is quite relevant to my research into Arab attitudes towards Iran. 42% of Jordanians and Egyptians alike support Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons. 39% of Egyptians and 51% of Jordanians have favorable views of Iran in general. And only 26% of Egyptians and 22% of Jordanians express some or a lot of confidence in Ahmednejad personally - better than Bush, but rather lower than their confidence in Chirac or Haifa Wehbi. Those numbers suggest real limits to the allegedly great enthusiasm for Ahmednejad among the Arab public. On the other hand, only 14% of Egyptians and 19% of Jordanians see Iran as a threat to world peace (the US in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rate far higher). 57% of Egyptians and 67% of Jordanians think that Iran would only use nuclear weapons defensively... but at the same time 65% of Jordanians and 61% of Egyptians think that Iran would use them to attack Israel.