Using and Abusing Polls

Posted on December 02, 2013 in Washington Watch
By now, I should be used to the fact that people will "cherry-pick" polls or try to "spin" results to fit their agendas. But, it still rankles. For example, I still get upset when I recall how then Vice-President Dick Cheney famously tried to find good news in the first poll Zogby International conducted in Iraq in October, 2003. Our poll findings demonstrated that even at that early date America was in real trouble with the Iraqi public. But Cheney would not accept bad news. Appearing on "Meet the Press" a few days after our poll release, he praised the "carefully done...Zogby poll" saying that there was "very positive news in it".
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We Have a Deal

Posted on November 26, 2013 in Countdown
We have a deal. The U.S. (and other world powers) announced on Saturday that Iran has agreed to put the first significant limits on its nuclear program, in the most significant agreement reached between Tehran and the international community in decades. The agreement requires Iran to hold its uranium enrichment capacity in place for six months, under tight supervision, and in exchange, Iran receives temporary sanctions relief.
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Zogby Research Poll Shows Egyptian Attitudes Split, More Polarized than Ever

Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Blog
From September 16-28, Zogby Research Services (ZRS) conducted a poll on Egyptian attitudes for the Sir Bani Yas Forum in Abu Dhabi. The poll, released to the public today, is the third in a series surveying changing Egyptian attitudes toward developments as they unfold: how they view their government and institutions; areas of agreement and dis�agreement; and their hopes for the future. The two earlier polls in the series were released by ZRS in May 2013 before former president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, and in late July following his removal from power by the military. ZRS’s most recent poll has opened a window, allowing us to better understand how attitudes have shifted over time.
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One Step at a Time—the Gabr Fellows’ Story

Posted on November 25, 2013 in Washington Watch
In the midst of the confusion and uncertainty that characterizes current US-Egypt relations and with American and Egyptian attitudes toward each other having plummeted to all-time lows, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a "little" gem of a project that shows a way forward. Last month, twenty American and Egyptian young professionals visited the US as part of a program sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation. This group of Gabr Fellows was evenly divided between nationals from both countries and included artists, academics, and specialists in fields ranging from law to energy.
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The Clock is Ticking

Posted on October 16, 2013 in Countdown
Washington’s nuclear-stakes game of “deal or no deal” might finally come to an end today, just hours before the Treasury Department says it the U.S. will run out of money to pay its bills. Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just announced that they’ve agreed to a deal to reopen the government and raise the statutory debt ceiling, ending the ongoing government shutdown now in its third week and preventing an unprecedented and catastrophic default by the United States.
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ZRS Poll: Ennahda has 28% Support among Tunisians

Posted by on October 08, 2013 in Blog
Washington, October, 8 � James Zogby, AAI President and Founder of Zogby Research Services (ZRS), released a new ZRS poll today on Tunisian attitudes toward Ennahda, Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party. Two weeks before Ennahda is set to step down from power, the ZRS survey provides a comprehensive snapshot of the conditions which led to the Party’s decline in Tunisia.
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Tunisia: Divided & Dissatisfied with Ennahda

Posted on October 08, 2013 in Reports

From August 4 through August 31, 2013, Zogby Research Services surveyed 3,031 Tunisian adults to determine their attitudes toward the developments that have unfolded in Tunisia since their revolution of two and a half years ago.

What we found was a deeply dissatisfied electorate and an extremely polarized society. In some ways the divisions in Tunisia are similar to those we found in Egypt, in the poll we conducted in May of 2013, just prior to the June 30th Tamarrod demonstrations that culminated in the military’s deposing the elected government of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3rd.

As was the...

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A Review of John Zogby’s “First Globals”

Posted by on October 07, 2013 in Blog

By Dena Elian Fall Intern, 2013

Renowned pollster John Zogby recently gave a talk recently at an AAI Emerging Leaders Program event about his new book, First Globals: Understanding, Managing, & Unleashing the Potential of our Millennial Generation. The book, co-authored by millennial expert and career strategist Joan Snyder Kuhl, is an up-and-coming professional’s guide to the light at the end of the tunnel. The book examines the talents and individuality of the generation that Zogby calls “First Globals”; individuals who were born between the years 1979 and 1994.

A generation raised in the...

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Tunisians Say “Enough”

Posted on October 07, 2013 in Washington Watch
It appears that Tunisians, like the Egyptians before them, have had enough of the Muslim Brotherhood party and want a change in direction in their country. Just as in Egypt, it was the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood party, Ennahda, which won their country's first post-revolution election. After winning, Ennahda formed a coalition government with more secular parties and pledged not to attempt to impose their beliefs on Tunisian society, which after decades of secular governance had developed an open and tolerant culture.
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West Virginia Delegate John Ellem Hopes for More Arab American Voices at the National Level

Posted by on October 04, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

It may come as a surprise to some, but West Virginia is home to a notable concentration of Arab Americans. The community in West Virginia is active and engaged in every facet of life, including politics.

John Ellem is one such member of the Arab American community in West Virginia. Since 2001, Ellem has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates representing the 10th District. Ellem is one of two Arab American representatives in the state legislature, along with Doug Skaff Jr. who represents the 30th District....

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