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Why Does Clinton Have More Support In Saudi Arabia Than In America?

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More Arabs believe Hillary Clinton should be president than Americans, an opinion poll of Middle Eastern countries suggests.

About 68 percent of those polled in Saudi Arabia favor Democratic nominee Clinton for president, and overall 66 percent of the population in nine Middle East countries believe she would be a better president, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

As voters go to the polls Tuesday, Clinton is ahead of Republican nominee Donald Trump by 3.2 points, but still only has 46 percent support from likely voters according to Real Clear Politics’ weighted poll average. (RELATED: Election Day Voting Has Begun — Who Is Winning?)

Clinton is criticized for questionable foreign donations accepted by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation before, after and during Hillary’s term as secretary of state. Saudi Arabia donated between $10 to $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, with some donations coming as late as 2014 while Clinton was building her campaign for the presidency. The “Friends of Saudi Arabia,” co-founded by a Saudi prince also donated between $1 and $5 million to the Foundation.

The Foundation also received $12 million from a Moroccan mining company, which later received a $92 million loan guarantee from the U.S., in exchange for a meeting between Hillary Clinton and the king of Morocco, according to stolen emails from Clinton’s campaign released by WikiLeaks. (RELATED: Here’s A (Dirty) Laundry List Of The Clinton Foundation’s Most Questionable Foreign Donations)

Moroccans hold Clinton in high regard, with 78 percent of the country favoring her for U.S. president, according to the Arab Center’s poll.

Comparing Clinton and Trump, 70 percent of Arabs believe Clinton will have a more positive impact through U.S. foreign policy, while just 13 percent think a Trump presidency would create better policies relating to the Middle East.

“When asked about their general views of the United States, almost half of the Arab public expressed positive views,” the report says, though there is still “a strong Arab distrust in U.S. foreign policy.”

More Americans view Clinton more negatively than positively, with 55 percent of Americans viewing the candidate unfavorably versus 42 percent who have favorable views as the nation elects the next president, according to the Huffington Post’s combined average of opinion polls. Clinton’s unfavorable ranking topped her favorables for the first time in April, 2015, around the time she announced her campaign for president.

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