Arab Americans are confident, concerned

Over the many years I have been involved working within the Arab American community, I have had to contend with a range of myths and misunderstandings about both the nature and composition of the community as well as their attitudes toward major issues of concern facing the United States.

On the one hand, we have engaged in demographic work to better know who we are, where we come from, and where we are living today. Our first major effort, in this regard, was Arab America Today a wonderful book, based on US census data, written in 1990 by my brother, John Zogby. Since 1996 we have conducted a biannual poll of Arab American voters to better understand how the community votes in elections, how they self-identify personally and politically and how they see issues facing the country.

As part of this continuing exercise, in November of this year, the Arab...

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