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.