Skip to comments.Support for Arabs plummets in America, opinion poll finds
Posted on 12/26/2001 9:21:53 AM PST by Alouette
Levels of support among Americans for moderate Arab states and Washington's Arab allies have dropped to an all-time low, according to new survey by Zogby International. Arab American groups have called the results "shocking," saying that the figures show a dramatic shift in Americans' attitude toward the Arab world.
Only 10 percent of Americans view the Palestinian Authority favorably, compared to a huge 72 percent that are totally unsympathetic toward the PA, according to a recent comprehensive poll in the U.S. on Washington's attitude toward the Middle East and the Israeli-Arab conflict.
The lowest ever level of support was recorded for Egpyt and Saudi Arabia. Only 24 percent of those asked saw Saudi Arabia in a positive light, while 58 percent held negative views about the kingdom.
Israel, in complete contrast, prompted the opposite response, with 59 percent of Americans expressing positive opinions on Israel, compared to 28 percent who held negative views.
A closer look at the Zogby poll on the Middle East shows that there has been little change in U.S. attitude toward Israel since the start of the Oslo peace process: 61 percent support in 1993 compared to 59 percent today. Following the September 11 attacks, the October poll recorded a 68 percent support rate for Israel, which has since declined, returning to its 60 percent average. The percentage of those who view Israel negatively, however, has risen since October from 14 percent to the current 28 percent.
American public opinion toward the Arab world has undergone a complete turnabout: In 1993, some 64 percent of respondents expressed a favorable opinion of Egypt, compared to just 38 percent today. The months of October and November saw the sharpest drop. Saudia Arabia has never won many hearts and minds in the U.S., but support has plummeted from 56 percent at the start of 2001 to just 24 percent currently.
The respondents were given a list of countries and asked which they considered to be good or bad allies of the U.S. Some 52 percent responded that Israel was a very good or generally good ally of Washington, with just 28 percent giving the same answer for Egypt and 22 percent for Saudia Arabia.
In October, respondents explained their negative attitude to the Arab states because of their "relations with terrorists," that "one can't know what their position is," and because "they can't be trusted."
There has not however been a significant change in the American public's attitude toward the Israeli-Arab conflict since the September attacks, with 61 percent of respondents saying that the Israelis and Palestinians were equally to blame. There was however a slight fall in the percentage of those who see Israel as solely responsible for the conflict, dropping from 6 percent three years ago to just 4 percent currently. The number of respondents who believe the Palestinians are to blame rose more sharply from 9 percent in 1998, to 24 percent today.
The Arab lobby in Washington is blaming the "anti-Arab propaganda campaign" that has been waged since the September 11 attacks for the shift in attitude.
James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and brother of the editor of the survey, John Zogby, said that "what the results show is that a tremendous task confronts those who value the relationship and the pursuit of Middle East peace ... The downward slide can be arrested and reversed, but it will require a concerted effort."
Zogby blamed a "steady diet of anti-Arab information" for the swing in public opinion, saying that "those who are seeking to disrupt and discredit the relationship are working overtime."
"Work must be done and it should begin before more damage occurs," he stressed.
I guess the Pres will have to take in some muslim boarders at the White House.
Like the news.
Yes, there's nothing like the hi-jacked 767 diet, followed by arrogant Saudi princes and the lack of muslim outrage over terrorist attacks. You lose weight quickly when a terrorist muslim comes around. And it's all from people calling themselves muslim. Why can't the idiots understand that and clean up their own house?
They really ARE stupid, aren't they?
There's the problem. Zogby shows he's just a lefty concerned with "representation" of and "perception" about other nations, rather than facts. I can't explain Egypt, but as for Saudi Arabia, is the "anti-Arab" information reasoned analysis and revealing of facts about their education system, their real beliefs, suppression of women and religion, etc. etc.? I had thought Zogby was more reasoned (relatively). Shows himself just to be another left-reactionary playing a kind of "race card." His statements mean, in other words, Americans are dupes and stupid. It's all a language game with them. Any statement about any country is a threat to all and must be countered with insults and insinuations about conspiracies. Now, according to Zogby, the conspiracies are working "overtime." He's delusional.
Actually the average American is more informed about the mid-east than any "western" people I've met. Note that "61 percent of respondents saying that the Israelis and Palestinians were equally to blame", certainly a snetiment one doesn't find much at FR. :)
What "anti-Arab info is this person referring to? The Muslims ARE intolerant, ARE extremists, ARE anti-American. I saw a 60 Minutes segment where university students in Kuwait (not uneducated hicks, and in a country WE liberated from a brother Arab/Muslim aggressor, one where we should have the strongest support) comdemn the US, saying that the reason that we Americans believe the way we do is because "the Jews control the US media." That has to be the most ignorant statement in the history of the world. Where do they get their "untainted" news...Al Jizzerra??? (LOL) So, anti-US hatred is widespread in the Muslim world, and that based upon the most biased, hate-filled propaganda that man has ever seen. I'll gladly listen to any info to the contrary, but I feel at this point that there is little to counter what most Americans have seen up to this point: anti-Americanism, supposedly based on our support of Israel, just because we will not assist them in pushing Israel into the sea. You Muslims are going to have to get used to living with the fact that Israel will always exist, and will never be destroyed. Failure to do so will only delay peace. Trying to push the West around will pay no dividends and will only cause you loss and pain. Get that into your thick, rag-wrapped heads!!!
This from the two foremost Palestinian lobbyists in the USA. I guess it has something to do with their people killing thousands and the dispicable support of those murderous actions.
Nah, the Arabs think it is a conspiracy.
Stay well - stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown
With a little more time you and the other JDL shills will manage to turn it around.
No, it's the resounding silence from the Arab community, here and abroad, condemning OBL and like-minded terrorists. If I had my way, all Mid-Eastern non-citizens would be kicked out of the USA (& maybe even some so-called citizens). Is that a PC attitude - no. Do I care - H*LL no.
I'm all for honest immigrants who appreciate attaining freedom and working hard. My ancestors came to America from Germany in the early 1700's. But since the liberal PC crowd infected our government - read that as communist DemoRATS - we have allowed foreigners into this country who have used our freedoms to protect them in their fight to ruin America.
What is shocking is that it took the murder of over 3,000 Americans and the destruction of tens of billions of dollars of property, plus a nice recession, to open the eyes of the American public. Oh well, I guess that most people are like their grandparents - it took Pearl Harbor to wake up a good part of the public 60 years ago, so I shouldn't be too surprised.
Arab Americans are fine by me, as long as they are law-abiding and show some reasonable morality. Same, by the way, for anyone else of any ethnic or religious heritage. Those, especially clerics, who have public authority and haven't condemned outright the acts of 9/11 (or who did so very weakly due to intense pressure) are not on my "most admired" list. They can go to the Devil, along with their apologists like the Zogbys.
Zogby blamed a "steady diet of anti-Arab information" for the swing in public opinion, saying that "those who are seeking to disrupt and discredit the relationship are working overtime."Who are they kidding? Did Zogby just become brain dead (again?) .... how about this bit of "biased" fact that old Zog seems to ignore:
In spite of this outright admission of guilt (referring to the recently discovered Bin Laden tapes disclosing names, timetables, plans, etc. for 9/11 tragedy), "Al-Jazeera television, bin Laden's lapdog in the Middle East, has already put an expert on the air, who only having same the tape in the past few minutes along with the rest of the world, determined miraculously that the tape is a fake and has been doctored." sourceHey Zogby! ... go move your headquarters to Kartoum or somewhere other than US of A!!
Because your persepective is greatly diminished when your head is up your @ss.
What I find amusing is the claim that America lost its 'innocence' on 9/11, as if we're the most clueless bunch of idiots on the planet. Somehow I'm supposed to believe that some goat herder in Bumfuq, Egypt has a better grasp on the world order than I do.
Arab Americans have sunk themselves with their fellow Americans by using the massacre of 9-11 to further their political agenda in the Palestinian situation. Everyone I know was disgusted with that.
The Arab world had better realize that THEY are responsible for the change in attitudes. Since they have been very vocal about hating everything we stand for, I don't understand why they care how we view them.
But the damning thing is that the "respectible" muslim leadership does not seem to understand why we don't like our planes being hijacked and rammed into our buildings. What if it suicidal Southern Baptists started ramming into Mecca? That will never happen because we are from a different culture. They do need to grow up from their medievial culture, and we must help them do so, no matter what.
Oh yeah? And I thought all along that the "...the Israeli defense ministry and it's 'amen corner' in the United States" have finally taken over Free Republic. (/sarcasm off)
The Arab heads of state are utterly obtuse. Make peace! Crack down on the radicals! End the mindless propeganda!
"Why Clinton caved in to Israel"
Ummm...lessee. Beasts huh? Works for me. Tell ya what. If the arabs decide to allow freedom of worship (including allowing Christian churches to be built in Saudi Arabia), if arabs stop funding the slaughtering of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, etc, if arabs stop funding those that destroy the holy places of other religeons, if arabs stop funding those that wish to destroy the United States, then maybe we will view them as humans instead of beasts.
The Arabs have turned themselves into beasts. Their actions and inactions clearly show that.
Yes, but I'm not questioning about the illiterate goat herder in Bumfuq, Egypt, I'm wondering about the muslim leadership which have remained almost entirely silent. Silence does speak volumes sometimes.
As opposed to the anti American "higher learning" establishments called college.
I wonder why?
We all saw how Yassir Arafat - THE father of world terrorism, spoke about how bad he felt over the greatest terror attack in the history of humanity - but we also saw how his people, the Palestinains, drunk on their "victory" in Durban, South Africa, went dancing in the streets, giving out sweets, and shooting in the air, to show how happy they were.
The Palestinains wern't alone, as the article we bring below from Egypt tells us...
On the other hand - reports in the Israeli media tell us of threats that were receievd by the foreign press agencies to destroy any and all pictures and videos taken of these celebrations. That is why you will only see pictures from East Jerusalem and Lebanon below.
GAMLA will do it's best to bring more of these picture from the other cities, Bethlehem, Nablus, Hebron, Tul Karem and more of the huge celebrations that went on there last night.
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Celebrations in East Jerusalem
Celebrations in Lebanon
Zogby blamed a "steady diet of anti-Arab information" for the swing in public opinion...
The TRUTH about Islam = "anti-Arab information".
"Work must be done and it should begin before more damage occurs," he stressed.
Yeah, the "steady diet" he is referring to must be the images of planes being flown into our buildings killing thousands of our citizens. How dare we be so "anti-Arab" by showing these images. Or, by reporting that 13 of the 15 hijackers were from a country considered to be our ally -- Saudi Arabia.
People aren't working to "discredit" our relationship with Arab states. The Arabs are doing a marvelous job of that all by themselves. When citizens from the Arab states begin to behave less like barbarians and more like civilized people, then maybe the poll numbers will begin to rise again. This is not! our fault. This problem lies with the Middle Eastern states themselves and cannot be resolved until they decide that they will live side-by-side with their neighbors around the world, in a peaceful and law-abiding way. Until then, Zogby can go pound sand.
I didn't need to go to Harvard to figure that out, pilgrim.
Yes, this is the Holmesian "dog that didn't bark".
The *global* Arab street has been devoid of any ANTI-terror, ANTI-Taliban demos.
PC editors will always find some guy in a sheet to mouth soothing platitudes, but the overwhelming popular sentiment among rank-and-file Arabs/Moslems couldn't be more clear. They want infidels -- cultural or religious -- dead. The notion of peacefully allowing others to live is anathema to them.
If self-defense is the primary human civil right, we have every right to kill as many of these savages as need be, until they renounce the massacres of innocents.