Who Will Muslims Vote For?

Posted by on September 12, 2012 in News Clips

It is unanimous that Muslims are a sector of American society that is growing exponentially. The recent study, "The U.S. Mosque Survey 2011," released by Dr. Ihsan Bagby of the University of Kentucky, and conducted by notable scholars, statisticians and research professionals, counted2,106 mosques in 2011; a 74 percent increased from the 2000 count of 1,206. A vast majority of these mosques are recently established, with 76 percent founded since 1980. That same study estimates the total American Muslim population to be around 7 million.As American Muslims grow in number, their presence is more evident in all sectors of society:...

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Poll: GOP really dislikes Muslims

Posted by on August 23, 2012 in News Clips

Anyone wondering why Rep. Michele Bachmann would launch a witch hunt against Muslims or why the Republican Party would add a plank to its platform opposing Shariah law need look no further than a new poll conducted by the Arab American Institute.

The poll, released today, asked Americans for their views on various religious groups, as well as on Arabs and Arab-Americans. It also asked respondents how confident they would be that a Muslim or Arab-American holding a position of influence in government could do their job without letting “ethnic loyalty … influence their decision-making.”

The results are...

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Poll: The American Divide: How We View Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East Conflict

Posted on August 17, 2012 in Press Releases

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The American Divide: How We View Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East Conflict

Arab American Institute to Release U.S. Public Opinion Data Ahead of Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Over the summer of 2012, the Arab American Institute conducted a poll: The American Divide: How We View Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East Conflict. AAI will release the results of the poll next week at a press briefing hosted by AAI president Dr. Jim Zogby. The poll will be released in conjunction with more than a decade’s-worth of polling...

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JZ Analytics: After Ryan Selection, Romney and Obama in “Dead Heat”

Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Blog

AAI Board Member John Zogby’s polling and research firm JZ Analytics released the results of a new telephone poll today of likely voters’ support for President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. JZ Analytics puts Obama and Romney in “a dead heat,” with both candidates “receiving 46% of likely voters' support.” The poll is the first survey of public opinion conducted in the wake of Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate and vice presidential pick.

In a release issued today, JZ Analytics highlights a few of the poll’s key findings on specific...

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Not Funny Anymore

Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Blog

Not long ago, when Islamophobia’s break into mainstream political discourse was still fresh, my dismay with bigoted rhetoric from politicians was accompanied by an adrenaline rush of sorts, with the exciting “wait until my Facebook friends see this” thought rushing through my head. Well, it’s not funny anymore. Now, troubling statements just elicit sighs of “here we go again” instead of punchy humor. That’s certainly how I felt when I heard Newt Gingrich’s comments about the anti-Muslim witch-hunt this week.

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer bout his defense of Michele Bachmann’s McCarthyite allegations against the loyalties of Arab Americans and...

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Is Romney Embracing the Islamophobic Fringe?

Posted by on August 09, 2012 in Blog

Earlier this week Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was pointedly asked whether he would condemn Michele Bachmann’s witch-hunt against Arab American and American Muslim public servants. Romney refused, saying “I’m not going to tell other people what things to talk about. Those are not things that are part of my campaign.” This refusal to show leadership is troubling, but was dismissed by many as simply the former governor attempting to avoid controversy. The story broke recently, however, that the day before Romney refused to condemn Bachmann’s allegations, he held a closed door meeting with some of the witch-hunt’s...

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Media Watch: Key Reads in POLITICO

Posted by on August 01, 2012 in Blog

Over the past few days, POLITICO has been doing an exceptional job covering a number of the key issues we deal with on a daily basis and which affect our community politically and socially. Among others, POLITICO has covered the fallout of the Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy, Mitt Romney’s latest trip to Israel, and how Islamophobia is factoring into certain congressional races. We encourage you to read the following articles which are extremely informative, and shed light on the some of the arguments being used to characterize these larger issues.

Romney in Israel  During Romney’s recent trip to...

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Ahead of Elections, Islamophobes Aim to Make Muslims Political Wedge Issue - Again

Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Blog

Islamophobes seem to thrive during the summer before important election years. It was almost precisely the same time two years ago that Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer sparked a national controversy over Park 51, the proposed Mosque and Islamic Center in lower Manhattan that they called the “Ground Zero Mosque.” Well, now it’s the “Mega Mosque” which has got people in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn riled up. Geller is helping to stoke fears about the three story mosque in precisely the same way that she did in 2010. That summer, Park 51 became a national issue, extending far beyond New...

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Could Michelle Bachmann cost Romney the Presidency?

Posted by on July 23, 2012 in News Clips

Michele Bachmann is flailing around accusing all the US government officials of Muslim heritage of being connected to the Muslim Brotherhood (which in turn she misunderstands as a radical group). Not only did she attack the aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, but when Rep. Keith Ellison complained about her McCarthyite campaign, she launched the same accusation at him (Ellison is one of two Muslims in the Congress).Bachmann’s bizarre behavior (there, I’ve been redundant) is alarming the Republican establishment. Even right wing poobah Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), head of the House intelligence committee, after initially supporting her, has backed away from...

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AAI President Jim Zogby on AC 360 to Challenge Bachmann

Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Blog

AAI President Jim Zogby joined CNN anchor Anderson Cooper tonight on “Anderson Cooper 360” at 8:15pm ET to discuss former Presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann’s controversial call for an investigation into the extent that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government.  Read the segment transcript

The back story:

A few weeks ago, Rep. Bachmann and four colleagues in Congress, including Texas Representative Louie Gohmert, released letters they sent collectively to Inspectors General of the Departments of State, Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security, and the Office of the Directorate of National Intelligence calling on them to...

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