London : A vast majority of young Arabs is increasingly rejecting the Islamic State (IS) extremist group and believes it will fail to establish a caliphate, a poll has found.

According to the 2016 Arab Youth Survey, only 13 percent of Arab youths said they could imagine themselves supporting IS even if it did not use much violence, down from 19 percent last year, while 50 percent saw it as the biggest problem facing the Middle East, up from 37 percent last year, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

The Arab Youth Survey was based on 3,500 interviews across a range of issues with respondents aged 18 to 24.

However, concern is mounting across the region as a chronic lack of jobs and opportunities were cited as the principal factor feeding terrorist recruitment.

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