Posted on August 21, 2012 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact Omar Tewfik
(202) 652-4988
August 21, 2012

The American Divide: How We View Arabs and Muslims
Polling data highlights how anti-Muslim and anti-Arab political rhetoric over the past two years
has influenced American public opinion

The Arab American Institute will release the results of a poll conducted this summer on American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims on Thursday, August 23, 2012. AAI will release the results of the poll at a press briefing hosted by AAI president Dr. Jim Zogby.

Of the findings, AAI President James Zogby stated:

“The numbers from our latest poll highlight that Park 51, the anti-Muslim and anti-Arab tone of the 2010 campaign season, anti-Sharia legislation, calls for Muslim loyalty oaths, and public attacks on American Muslims and Arab American public servants have taken a toll on American public opinion. Despite the fact that most Americans are unable to make the distinction between Arabs and Muslims, the vitriol that has been aimed at both communities is clearly swaying public opinion along age and party lines.”

AAI maintains the most extensive public archive of Arab and American public opinion data on issues relating to Arabs, Muslims and U.S. policy in the Middle East region. View full archive of AAI opinion polls. You may also view AAI's poll "American Views on Arab and Muslim Americans: 2010" for previous data compiled on this same subject.

Press briefing details:

What: Press Briefing: U.S. Attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims
When: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 11:00am
Where: Arab American Institute, 1600 K Street NW, Suite 601. Washington, DC 20006

Numbers on American attitudes toward the Middle East conflict mentioned in a previous release will be made public at a later date.

Reporters interested in attending the briefing should RSVP to Omar Tewfik (202) 652-4988