This study delves into how non-Shi‘a Lebanese assess Hezbollah and
its activities. Having provided empirical evidence that Hezbollah has garnered
positive perception in Lebanon, it asks what explains a substantial increase or
decrease in favorable attitudes toward Hezbollah among Christians, Sunnis,
and Druze? It argues that those who perceive Hezbollah as a resistance
organization, as it often describes itself; the political alliance across sectarian
groups; as well as insecurity caused by armed groups such as Sunni militant
groups and ISIS, all combine to moderate people’s views toward Hezbollah.
Using an original, nationally representative face-to-face survey in Lebanon in
2015 and employing a multivariate statistical method, it finds that those who
hold unfavorable views of the United States, those who support the political
alliance of which Hezbollah is part, and those who support the Assad regime
in Syria are likely to have a positive perception of Hezbollah and or its
activities in the region.