Posted on July 29, 2014 in Reports
Conducted on June 27-29, 2014, American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims, provides a critical update on the Arab American Institute's polling in 2010 and 2012 tracking identical issues. Taken in context, the 2014 poll indicates a persistent trend of increasingly negative attitudes by Americans towards the Arab and Muslim communities.
- Arabs and Muslims have the lowest favorable/highest unfavorable ratings among the groups covered, and one in four Americans were either unfamiliar with or not sure of their attitudes toward these two communities.
- A significant number of Americans (42%) support the use of profiling by law enforcement against Arab Americans and American Muslims
- A growing percentage of Americans say that they lack confidence in the ability of individuals from either community to perform their duties as Americans should they be appointed to an important government position.
- Americans who say they know either Arabs or Muslims have significantly higher favorable attitudes toward both (33% higher in both cases) and also have greater confidence in their ability to serve in important government positions.
- A majority of Americans say that they feel that do not know enough about Arab history and people (57%) or about Islam and Muslims (52%).
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Zogby Analytics conducted an online survey of 1,110 likely voters in the United States between 6/27/14 and 6/29/14. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 1110 is +/- 3.0 percentage points.
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The poll was released publicly during a live-streamed event with Dr. James Zogby of the Arab American Institute and Matthew Duss from the Center for American Progress. Watch here: