Poll: Obama strong among Arab Americans, but less support since '08
September 27th, 2012
12:09 PM ET
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Poll: Obama strong among Arab Americans, but less support since '08

Washington (CNN) – A fresh poll of Arab American voters shows a mixed bag of results for Democrats and Republicans ahead of the November elections.

Though President Obama maintains a 24 point lead against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney among those voters and more Arab Americans have drifted away from the GOP, the poll also shows a double-digit drop in support for the president since his election and a growing number of Arab Americans disassociating themselves from either party.

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The survey, released Thursday from the Arab American Institute, showed President Obama at 52% against Romney's 28%. Five-percent said they support someone else while 16% were unsure.

The poll also measured party affiliation among Arab Americans. Forty-six percent identified with the Democratic Party while 22% with the Republican Party. The GOP identification is an all-time low in the Arab American community, the survey said.

Democrats should not yet celebrate the numbers.

Fifteen percent of Obama's 2008 Arab American supporters have not yet signed on board to his reelection, according to the poll, presenting a potential opening for Romney. And those independent voters are nearly evenly split on the president's job performance: 51% grade him as doing a good job versus 48% who feel otherwise.

Meanwhile, though the survey indicated that both parties have seen a drop in Arab American supporters, independents have steadily grown: currently 24% from 14% in 2002. They are nearly evenly split among Obama and Romney, with nearly one-fifth unsure of whom they'll vote for.

While jobs and the economy are of most concern to the Arab Americans surveyed, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and outreach to the Arab and Muslim worlds are also concerns. On all three measures, the community graded Obama as potentially doing a better job than Romney by double-digits.

The survey was conducted online between Sept. 8-14, and included 400 likely voters. Its sampling error is plus or minus five percentage points.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    Obama is real good at killing muslims with missiles. it might affect his support. of course he's also thrown Israel under the bus and that pleases the muslims. but he sure hasn't done anything for all those Syrians that are being slaughtered.

    September 27, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    The President has favorable ratings in almost every demographic. He's likeable, Willard isn't. Plain and simple.

    September 27, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Borderless

    I would rather vote for a capable candidate like Romney than a likable narcissist like Obama.

    September 27, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    I think Obama's continuing Gitmo, robot drones, new reports of US torture, military to Libya to protect OIL, nothing to Syria,kinda says it all to the world.
    Will he have to return his Peace Prize?
    Vote Green Party.

    September 27, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Howard

    Surprise ... surprise ... Obama is popular amoung the Muslims.

    September 27, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    @Silence DoGood – - Nothing to Syria ? why ? so we can go into another WAR ? Like Iraq ? Like Afghanistan & Pakistan ? Shall I go ON ? We have to "Police" every country that gets rid of their Dictator ? Bush was the worst Prez we've Ever had in this country. He should have left Saddam do his Own Thing to his country . Bush & Cheney Knew that he didn't have WMD's . He wanted to finish what his daddy started (with saddam invading kuwait) Guess What ? NOW – we're IN THERE FOREVER – those people are 150 years behind us. It's like teaching a stone age person to count to 5 – or teach them 1 + 1 = 2 – - They don't comprehend, and probably won't – ever. All they know is to kill each other – just because somebody doesn't agree with their Own Views, or religion. IF Obama is Smart, he will Keep Assad In There, and let Assad take care of his Own People. we should Not interfere, otherwise, we will have to "Police" them, like we are currently doing in Libya & Iraq, which is costing us Billions, to the point we will never get OUT.
    Vote Democrat – 2012

    September 27, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. demwit

    Our first Black Muslim President.., history in the making.

    September 27, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Chat Pata

    Hahaha. They were all planning to vote Romney due to Obama remarks about gays. Then RNC snubbed them by inviting cleriks of all religions but not the second biggest religion in USA i.e. Islam, and now most will stay home.

    Just like in 2000 they all voted Dubya only to see crusades against them, and then sat home in 2004 due to Kerry flip flop on war. The voted Obama in 2008 to see the Dubya crusades continue. 2012 they will sit home due to Romney snub.

    September 27, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Larry " Nothing to Syria ?"

    My issue is: Why did Obama send military to Libya the biggest OIL RESERVE in Africa to unseat a dictator and then not Syria?
    Obama should not be sending out our military (Libya, drones, etc.) to police the world either.

    DNC/RNC=Status Quo. Vote Green Party for Peace. Power to the People.

    September 27, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |