American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims: 2015

Posted on December 21, 2015 in Reports

The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Analytics poll tracking American Attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims on Monday, December 21, 2015. Our polling shows that the persistent, negative attitudes toward these two communities continue, revealing a deep partisan divide.

Download the full report here.

Key Findings include:

  • A growing percentage of American say they lack confidence in fellow Americans from these communities to perform their duties if appointed to serve in government.
  • Respondents that listed CNN as their primary news source had the highest net unfavorable rating of Arab Americans; those that listed Fox News as their primary news source had the highest net unfavorable rating of American Muslims.
  • A majority (60%) of Trump supporters believe that President Obama is a Muslim, and three-quarters of Trump supporters are not confident in the ability of an American Muslim to perform in an important position of influence in the government.
  • There is a partisan divide on attitudes toward profiling Arab Americans and American Muslims. 51% of Democrats oppose its use by law enforcement while 60% of Republicans find its use justifiable.

View similar polling:

American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims: 2014

The American Divide: How We View Arabs and Muslims (2012)

American Views on Arab and Muslim Americans (2010)

Methodology: 

Zogby Analytics was commissioned by AAI to conduct an online survey of 1001 adults in the U.S. on 12/7/2015. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 1001 is +/- 3.2 percentage points.

 

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