Posted by Arab American Institute on July 31, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Analytics poll in July, 2017, tracking American Attitudes towards Arabs, Muslims, immigration, civil rights, surveillance, and hate crimes.

AAI President James Zogby breaks down the headlines:

To download the full poll results click here.   

To read "Negative Campaign Against Arabs and Muslims Has Consequences" by James Zogby, click here

Key Findings:

  • American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims are sharply divided along partisan lines, with Democrats holding a favorable view of Arabs and Muslims by a factor of roughly 2:1, and Republicans holding an unfavorable view of both populations by a factor closer to 3:1.
  • Only 37% of Americans say they personally know someone who identifies as Arab or Muslim. Even fewer Republicans (31%) and Donald Trump voters (33%) say they know an Arab or Muslim individual. However, only 25% of Republicans and 28% of Trump voters hold favorable opinions of American Muslims, while just 31% of Republicans and 32% of Trump voters hold favorable opinions towards Arab Americans. By contrast, 64% of Hillary Clinton voters hold a favorable view of American Muslims, while 62% of them hold a favorable view of Arab Americans.
  • A significant majority of Donald Trump voters (64%) believe the US should ban immigrants and travelers from the Middle East, in contrast with Hillary Clinton voters, 59% of whom opposed such a ban.
  • More than half (55%) of Americans polled believe undocumented immigrants with no criminal record currently living in the United States should be eligible for a pathway to legal status.
  • The majority of Americans (consistent across all groups polled) are either very concerned or somewhat concerned with surveillance or collection of personal data by the U.S. government for law enforcement and counterterrorism purposes. 
  • While the vast majority of democrats believe there has been an increase in hate crimes and hate incidents targeting Muslims (70%) and Arabs (61%), only about a third of Republicans believe there has been an increase in hate crimes and hate incidents targeting Muslims (34%) and Arabs (27%).

Zogby Analytics was commissioned by the Arab American Institute to conduct an online survey of 1012 adults in the U.S. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 1012 is +/- 3.1 percentage points.