Lucas County to decide vote, Zogby says

Posted by on November 05, 2012 in News Clips

Toledo-area voters will decide the presidential election, said James Zogby, president of the Arab-American Institute who made several area stops this weekend, touting the role of Lucas County and Toledo in determining the nation’s president.

“From everything I’m hearing right now, as this county goes, so goes Ohio, and as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. So in many ways, you are going to play the role of the decider,” said James Zogby, an executive committee member of the Democratic National Committee, in an interview with The Blade on Sunday. He is founder of Zogby Research Services, which does polling...

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Barely Half of Arab-Americans Want Obama

Posted by on November 05, 2012 in News Clips

Only 52 % of Arab-Americans back President Barack Obama, with 16% undecided, and their votes could be the deciding factor in several swing states, according to a poll by the Arab-American Institute.

Obama won 67% of the Arab-American vote in 2008, and the new numbers are “signaling a potential loss of some 100,000 voters for Obama, according to AAI,” Vivian Salama wrote for the Al Monitor website.

Mitt Romney’s backing among Arab-Americans is only 28%, but that percentage will rise if the undecided voters stay home or vote against Obama.

The Arab-American population has a heavy representation in...

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Arab-Americans Support for Obama Declined 15 Points Since 2008

Posted by on November 05, 2012 in News Clips

While some might consider the shared party affiliation irreconcilable, both Arab-Americans and Jewish-Americans historically vote overwhelmingly in favor of Democrats. During the last presidential election, Barack Obama garnered 67 percent of the Arab-American vote and 74 percent of the Jewish American vote, respectively. This election season, however, the president has fallen somewhat out of favor with both demographic contingents, ironically for very different reasons.

Nonetheless, the former community organizer can rest assured that he will still garner just over half of the Arab vote and well over half (most polls indicate at least 60 percent but a more realistic...

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Arab-Americans Set to Play Key Role in US Election

Posted by on November 04, 2012 in News Clips

Arab-Americans are poised to play a critical role in the US presidential election.   Numbering about 4 million, they're heavily concentrated in several battleground states — including Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia — where every vote will count in a race that many consider too close to call.

A mid-September survey of 400 voters conducted by the Arab American Institute revealed that President Barack Obama leads Republican candidate Mitt Romney among Arab-Americans, 52% to 28%, with 16 percent of Arab Americans still undecided. This compares to the 67% to 28% lead Obama held over John McCain...

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US presidential election: The Middle East factor

Posted by on November 01, 2012 in News Clips

Dubai: Arab-American votes traditionally go to the Democratic ticket, and will continue to do this year. But this time, they will be fewer than before.

The enthusiasm of the Americans of Arab origins to vote for US president Barack Obama in 2008 presidential elections is expected to decrease in next month’s race, but not to the extent to lean more towards the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, Arab American activists said and polls showed.

“The president’s support among Arab American communities is likely to decline this year,” said Ramzy Baroud, Arab-American Author and Journalist.

And this...

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The Countdown Begins

Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Blog

It’s hard to believe we’re here already, but today marks the beginning of our 10 day countdown before the election. Between now and then, you will receive one email from us each day giving you a new opportunity to make a difference in this final stretch to November 6th.

When the Arab American community came together in Paterson, New Jersey and made a significant impact in a local primary, it set off a fear-mongering campaign against our community’s political participation. Because we refuse to be intimidated or silenced, we issued the following video response:

Because we refuse...

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Why no Arab Americans for Obama?

Posted by on October 19, 2012 in News Clips

Back in 2008, I coupled an unfair Democratic attack on the "Jewish" bonafides of Sarah Palin with unfair Republican attacks on same of Mazen Asbahi, the Arab/Muslim-American outreach director for the Obama campaign, to make a point about how the political system tends to scare away folks who might have brushed up against unwise choices -- even though they subsequently, wisely, rejected them.

The followup is interesting too. Republicans and Republican Jews brushed aside the Democrats' specious attempts to associate Palin with Pat Buchanan and backed her, at least  through election day. The Obama campaign caved to the specious...

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With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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Obama Strong but Wilting With Arab-Americans

Posted by on October 01, 2012 in News Clips

A new poll issued by the Arab American Institute (pdf here) yesterday and conducted by JZ Analytics reports that President Obama maintains a commanding lead over Governor Mitt Romney in the election but that Obama's edge has dropped by 15 percent since the 2008 election.  Arab-Americans are defecting from both both the GOP and the Democratic Party and are increasingly identifying as Independents (24 percent, according to James Zogby. That said Arab-American Dems stand at 46 percent of their population as compared to 22 percent who are GOPers.In terms of what Arab-Americans thought was "very important"...

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