Poll: American Opinion of Arabs, Muslims Is Getting Worse

Mary Wisniewski, Reuters, July 29, 2014

How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

Only 27 percent of Americans have a favourable opinion of Muslims, down from 35 percent in 2010, according to the Zogby poll, commissioned by the non-profit Arab American Institute. Favourable attitudes towards Arabs dropped to 32 percent from 43 percent in 2010.

The poll also found that 42 percent of respondents believe an American Muslim’s religion would influence his or her decision making in an important government job. The same percentage believe it is justified for law enforcement to profile Arab Americans or American Muslims.

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For example, 59 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of people 65 or older agree with profiling Arab Americans or Arab Muslims, compared with 32 percent of Democrats and the 18-29 age group. Only 29 percent of non-whites favour profiling, compared with 47 percent of whites.

Zogby noted that many Americans falsely conflate Arab and Muslim communities, assuming that most Arab Americans are Muslim, when less than a third are, and that most American Muslims are Arab, when less then a quarter are.

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  • Frank_DeScushin

    Poll: American Opinion of Arabs, Muslims Is Getting More Realistic

    • JackKrak

      In related news, poll finds that enthusiasm for cancer falling…..

      • benvad

        Good one.

  • Getting worse?

    Why wasn’t it bad all along?

    • Sick of it

      It used to be a lot worse.

  • Luca

    27% of the American public are clueless or liberals. But then I repeat myself.

  • james AZ

    Christians from middle east should move to Europe, north America, Australia and send most of muslims back to middle finger east.

  • Truthseeker

    If we had a country unified by a common ethnic heritage and culture, we wouldn’t have to go through all this hand-wringing.

    • Sick of it

      The Founders and the Confederates would agree.

  • MekongDelta69

    “47 percent of whites think police should profile Arabs.”

    I can’t imagine why?!?

    That number would have been 95% when America was ‘normal.’

    • Right you are. Again, a big racial divide, with whites more attuned to profiling. The real question is avoided, however, which is why these volatile, emotional people are here to begin with. In their sand dunes homelands they’ve been fighting and killing each other for thousands of years.

      Lots of people at my former university were literally scared of the flaring tempers of some of the muzzie profs. Living your life in fear is not a good thing.

      • I can’t imagine why they were scared. I actually enjoy pissing Islamitards off. What are they going to do about it? There was a Pakistani in prison who got frustrated with me when I refused to convert, and he finally said that Muslims should never purchase American-made goods. I replied that perhaps they should also all leave the US and write back to say how those Chinese and Russian airplanes and tanks work for them.

        • Alucard_the_last

          America still produces goods?

          • GM used to have a Saturn line, and those were about the best inexpensive cars anyone ever made.

          • SFLBIB

            That’s why they don’t make them anymore … too good.

      • RisingReich

        Living a life in fear is crap. Especially when you live in your natural born country, where your Father, Mother, grandparents and great grandparents never had to live in fear other than fear of not growing enough food on the farm to sustain the family.

        Sure, we have technology, tv, etc, but even as an IT professional I would trade all of that for a traditional America – a WHITE one.

  • JohnEngelman

    This should have happened right after 9/11. Instead there was a lot of nonsense about “the religion of peace.” Islam was never the religion of peace. The Koran commands violence against non believers.

    • guest

      Right. Time and time again, muslims have proven to be extremely hostile and violent towards our nations and societies and people are now starting to realize them as the threat that they are. The polls say Americans’ opinions on muslims is getting worse when it’s just getting more realistic which is a good thing. It means that those people are no longer fooled and can never again be fooled into believing that islam is a religion of peace.

    • propagandaoftruth

      The study seems flawed to me. The stats on percentage of Arabs who are Muslim seem to indicate that many American “Arabs” may include Levantine Semites of non-Muslim background like Steve Jobs.

      What Americans increasingly dislike is Islam, which is identified with Arabs.

      • JohnEngelman

        With very few exceptions Christians living in Arab countries are descended from people who lived in those countries before the Arab conquests. Assyrian Catholics and Chaldean Orthodox are descended from the nations that in Old Testament times created the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. Coptic Christians are descended from the people who created the ancient Egyptian Empire, and so on. These are Semites. Properly speaking they are not Arabs.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Yeah, the southern Arabian is not the Levantine Semite. Unfortunate conflation there for the Levantines.

        • SSkreelings

          True. Egypt was a Christian country while Rome was still pagan. The Coptic Pope is considered an equal by the Roman Pope. And many of the tribes in the Arabian peninsula, the Persian gulf, and what is today Yemen were Jews. The Koran even celebrates how the first Muslim wave out of Mecca and Medinah resulted in the forced conversion or slaughter of Jews and Christians who would not submit to Mohammed.

        • paul marchand

          And their decline has been steady, aimed at zero % in the future.

        • David Ashton

          Correct about Copts (a group that has achieved and flourished, despite handicaps, with minimal racial out-crossing). But are not Semites people who speak Semitic languages, including Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic?

          • JohnEngelman

            How disappointing. 🙁

            I already answered your question with this sentence, “These are Semites. Properly speaking they are not Arabs.”

          • David Ashton

            How confusing.

            Arabs are mostly Semites, but not all Semites are Arabs.

            Incidentally, I now prefer to use the term “antisemitism” rather than “anti-Semitism” for Judeophobia; and in this I have the lexical support from among all parties to the discussion.

    • Alexandra1973

      9/11 was a false flag but that doesn’t make me think any more of Islam.

      • RisingReich

        You would think 9/11 was done to tighten security….it has gone the total opposite direction.

        “Islam is peace”
        “We need to welcome the Mexican children”
        “Hamas is a human rights group”
        “Racial profiling is unconstitutional”

        Ad nauseam.

    • RisingReich

      Bush had it right. Time for a “crusade”.
      Although, his dumba$$ had no idea the historical connotations of said word.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Perhaps Israel should really step up it’s outreach to other Levantines, regardless of faith. Non Muslim Levantines, even heretical Muslim sects hated by southern Arabian Sunni Muslims, should be assiduously courted and supported by Israel, with the goal to be to surround herself with friendly autonomous non-Sunni Levantine ethnic enclaves. Use this to dilute and replace occupied populations, appeal to big money Saudi Arabia to welcome home the poor disgruntled Palestinian Sunni Arabs.

      If I were Hitler, I would have offered this option to the Jews and armed them to the teeth if they agreed.

      If only I were Hitler…

      • Druzes in Israel agreed to military conscription, and Christians may volunteer.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Maybe there could be some kind of massive gas main explosion in Gaza. Not that big an area…

  • When asked if they had a favorable opinion of Muslims:

    73% said “No”

    27% said “الآن هو الوقت المناسب للجميع”

    • SSkreelings

      And the rest wanted to know if you would marry their 400 lb sister, Fatimah.

      • Kenner

        ‘Like buttah!’

  • Ograf

    My opinion of them certainly can’t get any worse.

  • Steven Williams

    We should profile all minorities because they have a secret agenda on us whites.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Immigration is the number one issue confronting the US and, if present trends continue, it will cause the country to collapse. But the most dangerous trend in US immigration is the muslim and arab influx. These people have brazenly brought their barbaric religion of hate to our shores, knowing full well the feckless whites won’t stop their aggression against our traditional american way of life.

    A twenty year moratorium on immigration is critical for the future of our nation and, most importantly, all arab and muslim immigration must end now.

    • RisingReich

      So also needs to end immigration from pretty much all countries.

      Yes that includes isntreal.

      • SSkreelings

        How old are you? I’m guessing about six.

      • NoMosqueHere

        I guess I should amend my post. In approx 10 years, life for many european whites will become untenable, due to massive musselmen immigration. So, I would create humanitarian exemptions for such white immigrants.

        • RisingReich

          That’s a bit better I suppose. Not that my opinion matters.

  • Tarczan

    And Obama is another Muslim who our opinion of is getting worse.

  • DaveMed

    Not bad enough.

    A significant part of the problem is the fact that Muslims have an enormous Facebook presence. They use this presence to pose as progressive, live-and-let-live “liberals.” Ignorant European-Americans are drawn in, and subsequently consider Muslims allies.

    But we know what happens as the national proportion of Muslims rises, don’t we?

    It is painful to be able to see the future when so many others are not.

  • JP Rushton

    “Zogby noted that many Americans falsely conflate Arab and Muslim
    communities, assuming that most Arab Americans are Muslim, when less
    than a third are, and that most American Muslims are Arab, when less
    then a quarter are.”

    So what are the other Arabs then? If they aren’t Muslim, they surely are not Christian or Jewish. That just sounds like a lie to me.

    The percentage of Muslims, if correct, means that we are getting in a TON of African Muslims.

    • DaveMed

      I believe that lots of Indians and South-Asians are Muslim.

      • JP Rushton

        Good call, totally forgot about that.

    • Plenty of Christian Lebanese and Assyrians here. The only Arab I know in my neighborhood is a Lebanese Christian. Sam is a good guy.

      Remember also that Pakistan and Indonesia have very large populations, and are almost entirely Muslim. The Indonesian island of Bali is Buddhist, and I think western New Guinea is Christian, but the heavily populated islands like Java and Sumatra are Muslim.

      • Kenner

        Bali is actually an outpost of Hinduism, of all things.

      • MBlanc46

        Good points.

    • SSkreelings

      About half of the Arabs in Hudson county, NJ are Christians and they hate Muslims with a vengeance. Wonder why.

    • MBlanc46

      It’s very likely sub-Saharan Africans. Even worse than Arabs.

    • NYB

      Religion makes no difference. They can call themselves Christian Arabs if they wish, but won’t buy them any sympathy when the chips are down.

      If they’re of Middle Eastern blood, they don’t belong in a white country. It doesn’t matter if a Lebanese has been here for generations or even if they’ve miscegenated with whites. The Middle East is their only homeland.

      • JP Rushton

        Agreed, the numbers just seemed off to me is all.

  • John R

    More Americans have a negative view of Arabs and Muslims? Gee, I wonder why?

  • Alexandra1973

    I’m all for deporting them. Then they don’t have to worry about being profiled. Win-win.

    Hamtramck, Michigan used to be a Polish enclave. Now it’s Muslims. That annoys me a bit…one reason is because I’m half Polish.

    • RisingReich

      75% of the US west and mid-west used to be majority German. I’m pretty pissed about that also.

  • LHathaway

    So, the Arab American Institute discovered what they hoped to find: Prejudicial attitudes against Arabs. This story is proof that ‘victims’ are held up above everyone else in our society more than it is anything else. There is somehow ‘power’ in victim hood. At least, right now there is.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Islam is a religion that attracts losers, misfits, outcastes, thugs, retards, bums, cannibals, child molesters, perverts, cold-blooded killers and other trash. The more white Americans see Islam for what it really is, the more they hate it and want this disgusting, evil plague out of their country.

  • MBlanc46

    You’ve got to be blind or three days dead to not see how they behave in their own countries every day. There’s no reason to believe they’ll behave any differently in our country.

    • LHathaway

      Actually, within Arab countries there’s no murder, little crime, no AIDS. I’m guessing very little profanity, but that’s only a guess. One could likely add ‘littering’, ‘graphitti’ and teenage pregnancy. The list might stretch to the end of the AmRen post.
      It doesn’t mean I want them in my country.

      • JohnEngelman

        Islam has been better than Christianity – and far better than secularism – in restricting sex to marriage, and in controlling crime and vice.

        Attention must be paid.

        • Does that include the Pakistani gangs who prey upon young girls in Britain and the Somalis who rape Swedish women, is is this some other version of Islam you have imagined?

          • JohnEngelman

            Moslems rarely rape Moslem women. Rape seldom happens in Moslem countries, although when it does the rape victims are often punished.

          • You have accidentally explained why the do not belong anywhere other than the Middle East. Thank you.

          • JohnEngelman

            It was no accident. I do not believe white and Oriental countries should admit the immigration of blacks or Moslems.

        • David Ashton

          And in stamping out apostates and pagans.

          • I suppose they would torture someone who loves his family, home and hobbies.

          • JohnEngelman

            That too.

      • MBlanc46

        I’ve never been in an Arab county. I’ve been to Morocco a couple of times, but it’s principal ethnic group is Berber. It’s filthy. The Moroccans have no sense of maintaining anything. They don’t maintain themselves. They don’t maintain their animals. They don’t maintain themselves. Perhaps that’s a Berber trait, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were characteristic of the entire Muslim world, from the Atlantic to Indonesia. Perhaps it’s their fatalism (Inshallah; God willing). Don’t get me wrong, I liked the Moroccans that I came into contact with (as a tourist). I just don’t think that they’re going to be able to live in civilized societies anytime soon.

        What I had in mind is the decades of violence that we see throughout the Arab world, especially bad in the last few years. What’s going on right now in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq can hardly give people a lot of confidence in their Arab neighbors.

        • LHathaway

          What is going on right now? It might all depend on who wins. I think in Egypt they learned that, even if you win, you still lose. Welcome to a multi-ethnic state and the new world order?
          You know, it was slightly dangerous for white travelers in the Mideast well before ‘jihad’. Those dangerous places were more likely to be more westernized.

          • MBlanc46

            I noticed increasing Islamization in Morocco between 1976 and 1988. I wanted to go back, but I wouldn’t go near the Maghrib after 2001.

  • RisingReich

    Proof that it was a conspiracy is flying members of the bin laden family out of the country in a HURRY – while ALL air traffic was grounded.

    That is how I would have replied to Alex’s deleted post.

    Deleting posts about that just further reinforces that the conspiracy might be true, no matter how off topic or “distasteful” or “uncivilized” you think it might be.

  • SSkreelings

    The strangest finding in this survey was that 75% of respondents who identified themselves as Arab or Muslim stated that they had a low opinion of other Arabs and Muslims and would not want their sister to marry one.

    • Totally off topic, but I feel the need to inform you that I’m likely to upvote all your posts solely based on the Londo Mollari avatar.

      So please try to keep things witty and on-point at all times, for the sake of any credibility I may hold.

  • Ashley Johnson

    Muslims are one of the biggest threats to America. Just look at what’s happening in Europe.

    • Ringo Lennon

      I hear they’re rioting in Paris because of the Israeli bombardments. That’s what happens when you let them in your country, AJ, you get riots and demonstrations.

  • dd121

    Why would the poll numbers change just because they’re our existential enemies?

  • JustJeff

    Americans: ruled by Jews, hate the Arabs. Idiots.

    • I am an agnostic. My mother was a failed Methodist and my ex-father a failed Catholic. I was once banished from this website for hating Muslims a little too much.

      • Ringo Lennon

        You gotta have faith, man. Be spiritual, stand for something. Loving Jesus will never hurt you and may help your outlook on life. And no, I’m not a fanatic.

        • I do have faith.

        • If it helps any, I love Nyarlathotep. Jesus, however had most of the right ideas, though not a useful plan. I do not understand religion very well. When I get karked some day, is that the end of my wanting to eat good food, read wonderful books and screw beautiful women?

          Life is my paradise.

    • Ringo Lennon

      JJ, I find its the atheist communist ACLU media controlling type Jews you have to be wary of. I don’t know if Zionist Jews are as bad.

  • Easyrhino1

    With Islam there is no separation of church and state as the church is the state. Furthermore Muslims and their medieval values do not belong in Western countries.
    Don’t want to be profiled? Go back to the ME or wherever.

  • Triarius

    Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.

    -Seneca the Younger

  • bubo

    Profile Muslims of all races. All the Arabs where I live are Christians and are some of the best folks around.

  • buster

    Arabs and muzzies are like the blacks. The more you know them the more you despise them.

  • Alucard_the_last

    Maybe if the so-call ‘moderates’ would come out against terrorism, they’ll be more tolerated. They developed their own reputation as murderous thugs.

  • mobilebay

    Muslims believe in the Koran, which in turn orders its followers to either convert non-believers or kill them. Therefore, Muslims are our enemies.

  • jayvbellis

    This is an honest story. White Americans do fear, hate Arabs, dark, swarthy Muslims (Pakistanis, Chetnians, Turko Mongolian Muslim mountain tribesmen like Afghans).

    Stop trying to form alliances with these swarthy, alien people. Don’t listen to liars like Grover Norquist that Muslim immigrants are natural Conservatives. They are not. Muslims overwhelming support Obama and vote Leftist, anti White.

    It’s an easy sell to package immigration control as keeping violent Muslims out. The viciously anti White Marxists, Neo Conservative, Zionists strongly favor flooding the USA and all of what remains of the White West with the worst Third World Muslim immigrants. So when you/we win the support of regular Whites by opposing mass Muslim immigration , we are also opposing the devious programs of the Marxists, Neo Conservatives, Zionists.

    This is the effective policy the French National Front does.

  • shmo123

    Based on Islamic history vis-a-vis the US (including today), it’s a wonder how any American could have a favorable opinion about Muslims at all. Prior to getting the oil out of the ground for them, our history pretty much consisted of Jefferson sending the navy to fight off Barbary pirates. Our first declared war, by the way. Now Barry Sotero uses any excuse to cuddle up to them, and consistently advocates for the laughable idea of the Muslim “contribution” American history. I assume no one has ever asked the fool for specifics. Meanwhile ancient Christian towns and villages in the middle east are being pillaged daily, while they maintain their brotherly attitude towards Israel. The undeclared war of course, continues.

  • LHathaway

    When they’ve been to the USA for a time they don’t see whites as human beings. Who said liberal propaganda is not effective?They likely see the USA as an extension of whiteness.

  • LHathaway

    Ah, murder, another quantifiable metric which we can use to compare Arab nations to formerly Christian nations. Good thinking.

    If you think girls (as a beginning point) are more likely to be murdered in Arab nations, you be quite wrong.