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.

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Key Findings:

  • 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%).

View similiar polling:

The American Divide: How We View Arabs and Muslims (2012)

American Views on Arab and Muslim Americans (2010)


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.

Press Coverage:

Kelley Vlahos, "Islamophobia Makes a Comeback." The American Conservative, September 11, 2014.

Dean Obeidallah, "13 Years After 9/11, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Worse Than Ever." The Daily Beast, September 11, 2014.

"Is The 'Islamic State' Islamic?" The Dish, September 11, 2014.

"Des familles de victimes du 11 septembre luttent contre l'islamophobie." Radio VM, September 11, 2014.

Simran Jeet Singh, "9/11-era ignorance of Islam is infecting the age of ISIS. We should know better." The Guardian, September 9, 2014.

Leonardo Blair, "9/11 Families Sponsor Anti-Islamophobia Campaign for Anniversary of Tragedy; Study Claims Islamophobia Is on the Rise in US." Christian Post, September 8, 2014.

Lauren Booth, "Opinion: Muslims and extremists -- we're not the same." CNN, September 8, 2014.

Antonia Blumberg, "9/11 Families Launch Anti-Islamophobia Campaign For Anniversary of Tragedy." Huffington Post, September 6, 2014.

Justin Adams, "Don't Judge A Religion By Its Extremists." Daily Utah Chronicle, August 24, 2014

State of Belief Radio, "Fighting Marginalization, Bias and Violence." State of Belief, August 16, 2014.

"Philip Montgomery: From a Harlem Frame Shop." BagNews Notes, August 8, 2014.

Taylor Wofford, "Islamophobia in America on the Rise, Poll Shows." Newsweek, July 31, 2014.

T. Becket Adams, "As turmoil engulfs Middle East, American opinion of Muslims, Arabs slides to five-year low: Survey." Washington Examiner, July 31, 2014.

Dima Ansari and Alix Hines, "Survey shows partisan divide in attitudes toward Arabs, Muslims." Medill News Service, July 30, 2014.

"Poll shows Americans' opinion of Arabs getting worse." I24News, July 30, 2014.

"American opinion of Arabs, Muslims is getting worse: poll." Business Insider, July 29, 2014.

"Poll Shows Americans' Views of Arabs, Muslims Have Gotten Worse." NBC News, July 29, 2014.

"American opinion of Arabs, Muslims is getting worse: poll." Chicago Tribune, July 29, 2014.

Mary Wisniewski, "American opinion of Arabs, Muslims is getting worse: poll." Reuters, July 29, 2014.

Sabrina Siddiqui, "Americans' Attitudes Toward Muslims And Arabs Are Getting Worse, Poll Finds." Huffington Post, July 29, 2014.

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: