Posted on November 25, 2014 in Reports

Executive Summary

Identity and Personal Concerns

Ethnic pride and identity remains high among Arab Americans. A majority of Arab Americans identify by either their country of origin and as Arab American, or as Arab American alone. Republicans are the only subgroup in which a majority of individuals do not identify as Arab American.

43% of Arab Americans have experienced discrimination based on their ethnicity or country of origin and 41% are concerned about it happening in the future. American Muslims are especially concerned about facing future discrimination. Despite these concerns, a majority of Arab Americans feel very secure in their jobs, and most are confident that their children will live a better life than them.

Political Concerns

Bucking national trends, around twice as many Arab Americans identify as Democrats than as Republicans, continuing the steady move away from the Republican Party that began in 2002. The percentage of Arab Americans identifying with either party has been declining since 2008. Over half of Arab Americans believe that the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction.

Jobs and the Economy remains the most important issue to a majority of Arab Americans, a majority of almost all subgroups cite the issue most frequently. Independents are the only group that ranks Foreign Policy as their issue of top concern. Foreign Policy is the second most cited issue for all subgroups except for Republicans, who cited Health Care more frequently. 

A strong majority of Arab Americans, and the majority of every subgroup, think that neither party would do a better job addressing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Younger Generations (18-29) are least likely to put their trust in either party’s ability to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with 83% of the subgroup choosing neither party.      

Methodology

Zogby Analytics conducted a survey of 400 Arab Americans between 10/31/14 and 11/10/14. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 400 is +/- 5.0 percentage points. 

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