A couple of new polls of note: The first deals with public opinion in America, and we’re happy to report that for the first time in many years, American public opinion of Arab Americans and American Muslims has actually become more positive. As crazy at sounds, it’s true! The Trump effect may have increased hate-crimes towards our communities, but they’ve also created a counter-current opposing bigotry (you can watch our full panel discussion on the poll results, hosted at the El-Hibri Foundation and featuring Jim Zogby and Maya Berry of AAI, Sabrina Saddiqui of the Guardian, and Joyce Karam of Al-Hayat,  here). The second poll was about public opinion in the Middle East, and boy were the results interesting, from regional support for separation of religion from politics, to Palestinian abandonment of the 2-state solution for the first time, after 25 years of failed efforts that only entrenched Israel’s occupation.  The results of this poll were discussed in a panel at the Middle East Institute, and also featured our Jim Zogby, in addition to Yousef Munayyer of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council, and Gönül Tol and Paul Salem of MEI. You can watch that full panel discussion here.

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