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Shocker: Obama Big With Arab Americans

From Iran’s Press TV:


Obama popular among Arab Americans

Fri, 31 Oct 2008

The support of Arab American voters for Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama has increasingly been on the rise.

A Zogby poll conducted on behalf of the Arab American Institute found that some 54 percent of Arab Americans support Senator Barack Obama for president.

This is while only 27 percent are rooting for Republican Senator John McCain. In 2000, the Democratic/Republican break was 40 percent to 38.

More than three million Americans are of Arab descent, the majority of whom are Christians and only about 700,000 are Muslim.

“They (Arabs) know that McCain will probably continue the policies of the Bush administration … which has been lopsidedly pro-Israel. And the only chance for that to change is to have somebody who is more open-minded,” political science professor Jim McClellan told Press TV.

“He (Obama) could bring about change that we need and McCain is just taking a step backwards,” an Arab American woman told our correspondent Jihan Hafiz.

Arab Americans say they are mostly worried about the economy, war in Iraq, healthcare and education.

Many Arab American voters have also expressed concerns about the way the words ‘Arabs’ and ‘Muslim’ have been negatively used in the White House race, VOA reported.

McCain supporters have repeatedly accused Obama of being a Muslim. The senator is a Christian and came under fire earlier this year over his two-decade membership in Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

A recent poll in the state of Texas, which has a predominantly Republican base, has found that 23 percent of Texans think the Democrat is a Muslim.

Of course Mr. Zogby is the same gentleman who also does polling for Iran.

But isn’t this an odd juxtaposition of sentences:

More than three million Americans are of Arab descent, the majority of whom are Christians and only about 700,000 are Muslim.

“They (Arabs) know that McCain will probably continue the policies of the Bush administration … which has been lopsidedly pro-Israel. And the only chance for that to change is to have somebody who is more open-minded,” political science professor Jim McClellan told Press TV.

By the way, the Texas poll the article mentions was conducted by the University of Texas at Austin Government Department and something calling itself the Texas Politics Project.

Weirdly, the Texas Politics Project does not seem to exist apart from its mention with regard to this poll.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 31st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Shocker: Obama Big With Arab Americans”

  1. proreason says:

    “They (Arabs) know that McCain will probably continue the policies of the Bush administration … which has been lopsidedly pro-Israel.”

    American policy has always been pro-Israel. It’s a Democratic country that shares a common culture going back for millenia, including common religious roots. An astonishing % of the world’s greatest minds have been Jewish. Much of western thinking can be traced to Judaism. But on a more recent front, Israel is a country that has built a modern, wealthy country from nothing….and with no natural resources to rely upon, Israel contributes to the worlds intellectual property and well-being in measures totally out-of-proportion to it’s population size. And then, of course, Israel seems to appreciate the United States. And let’s not forget that there are about a billion people whose foundest desire is to obliterate Israel.

    On the other hand, we have the Arabic countries, with incredible natural resources, and populations that are poverty stricken. It’s hard to find any contributions to intellectual capital in Arabic countries in the last thousand years. I’m not counting the concept of suicide bombers. And the wealth of Arabic countries is a direct result of western invesment, both in the form of development of the oil resources and the inventions of modern society that depend on oil. Once the west developed the ability to extract the wealth, the Arabs confiscated the means to that wealth, as the west acquiesced. One could look at it as the greatest monetary gift ever given. But of course, the Middle East is filled with hatred for everything western, and periodically seeks to destroy the US and Israel with arms and terrorism.

    It’s a tough to decide which side to support, of course.

  2. Retired Geek says:

    Barack Obama’s clarion call is to “Sacrifice for the Common Good” – to redistribute wealth, as Obama said to ‘Joe the Plumber’, “letting those behind catch up”.

    Who are these citizens that Obama will invest the money of those who work in?

    Hard working people that need ‘Just a Helping Hand’ to catch up?

    Hard working students that need help to finish or continue their brilliant educations?

    NO, Barack Obama wants to invest OUR money in criminals, those chronically unemployed and those students that have low levels of student academic achievement.

    That is like picking the poorest performing stocks one can find and investing their retirement and 401K money in failure – hoping to help those companies that are on a course of bankruptcy, complete their goals.

    Those who work get to help criminals pursue their careers, those that won’t work, continue not working (with some walking around money) and enable drug users, alcoholics and other addicts to continue their lifestyles.

    “Establish 20 Promise Neighborhoods: Obama will create 20 Promise Neighborhoods in cities across the nation that have high levels of poverty and crime and low levels of student academic achievement.” Barack Obama, Blueprint for Change

    Barack Obama’s ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’ = ‘Investing in Failure’ = coming to America with anyone who works help.


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