Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, yesterday presented the first-in-a-series of surveys on Arab American political opinion leading up to the 2008 presidential election.

The nationwide AAI poll, conducted by Zogby International, randomly surveyed 501 Arab American registered voters by phone. The margin of error is +/- 4.5 percentage points, though the margin is higher within subgroups. The full poll report and tables is available on AAI’s website at www.aaiusa.org.

“While Arab American voters trend very closely to other Americans on domestic issues such as the economy, health care and education, the community’s personal connection to the Iraq war makes it the most important issue in determining their pick for president in 2008,” said Zogby.

“When coupled with results that indicate nearly half of Arab American voters’ decisions will depend upon the individual candidates rather than party, and with numbers that point to an erosion of ‘certain Republicans,’ it is clear that presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle must speak to issues and not party line in order to court Arab American voters,” he said.


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