[Marxism] Support for Nader Higher Than in 2000 + Arab-American Votes

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sat Mar 20 23:22:38 MST 2004


*****   Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 by the Guardian/UK
Surge in Support for Nader Spells Trouble for Kerry
by Julian Borger in Washington

A new poll suggested yesterday that Ralph Nader's independent 
presidential bid represented a serious threat to the Democratic 
candidate, Senator John Kerry.

The New York Times and CBS News poll revealed a tight two-man race 
for the White House between President George Bush and Mr Kerry. Mr 
Bush had a narrow lead of 46% over Mr Kerry's 43% - within the poll's 
margin of error.

But when Americans were asked about a three-man race including Mr 
Nader, the 70-year-old consumer activist attracted 7% support, mostly 
at the expense of the Democrat. In that contest, Mr Bush led Mr Kerry 
by 46% to 38%.

Mr Nader's poll ratings are higher than at this point in the 2000 
election. . . .

A recent survey has found that Mr Nader, who is of Lebanese descent, 
has substantial support among Arab Americans in key battleground 
states.

Polling by the Arab American Institute in Michigan, Florida, Ohio and 
Pennsylvania - home to more than 1 million Arab Americans - found 
that 20% supported Mr Nader. . . .

<http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0317-01.htm>   *****

*****   . . . [President of the Arab American Institute James] 
Zogby's brother, John, who owns Zogby International, . . . conducted 
the poll.

The poll, taken in late February, shows Kerry with 54 percent support 
to 30 percent for Bush among a sample of 501 Arab Americans in 
Michigan, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. With independent Ralph 
Nader's candidacy, the numbers shift to 40 percent for Kerry, 26 
percent for Nader and 25 percent for Bush. Nader is Lebanese American 
and has been a consistent supporter of Palestinian rights.

Michigan results mirrored the national outcome in the poll, which has 
a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Michigan has the highest percentage of Arab Americans of any state.

According to the U.S. census, there are about 116,000 Michigan 
residents who claim Arab ancestry.

This year, Arab-American and Muslim groups are working hard to 
register voters and persuade their communities to get politically 
involved. In January, Muslims at metro Detroit mosques held voter 
registration drives after special prayers on Eid, an Islamic holy 
day. . . .

(Ruby L. Bailey, James Kuhnhenn, and Niraj Warikoo, "Race for 
President: Poll Shows Bush Losing Arab-American Voters," _Detroit 
Free Press_, March 13, 2004, 
<http://www.freep.com/news/politics/vote13_20040313.htm>   *****

*****    ELECTION 2004
Arab-Americans will be force in presidential vote
By Kelly Brewington | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted March 14, 2004

Arab-American advocates in the Orlando area are mobilizing a 
statewide voter-registration and education drive as George W. Bush 
and John Kerry prepare for a bruising campaign in this key 
battleground state.

If a recent national poll is any indication, Arab-Americans could 
come out in force against President Bush in November.

A poll of 501 Arab-American registered voters by Zogby International 
found that 67 percent think Bush is doing a poor job and 65 percent 
would vote against him.

The results, released Friday, are driven by policies such as Bush's 
approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, said James Zogby, 
president of the Arab American Institute.

"When you have that degree of disapproval, that's a bit of a hole to 
get out of," said Zogby, who conducted the poll for the institute.

Zogby's agency surveyed voters in Florida, Michigan, Ohio and 
Pennsylvania, all of which have significant Arab-American populations 
and are expected to be critical states in the presidential race.

In addition, the poll shows that many Arab-Americans who voted for 
Bush in 2000 would vote against him today.

In 2000, Bush won their votes in those four states by a 46 percent to 
29 percent margin, with candidate Ralph Nader picking up 13 percent. 
But if the vote were held today, the poll revealed, more than 200,000 
Arab-American voters in those states would switch from Republican to 
Democrat.

With a tight race expected, Florida's estimated 120,000 Arab-American 
voters hope to make a difference. But how they'll vote is up in the 
air.

'Awfully presumptuous'

For starters, Central Florida's Arab-American advocates say that 
Democrats shouldn't assume their vote is a sure thing.

In recent weeks, Democratic candidates from Orlando to Washington 
have been calling Taleb Salhab, one of Orlando's most outspoken 
Arab-American advocates, for donations.

But they don't ask if they can count on his support. Instead, he 
said, they want to know how big a check he'll write for their 
campaigns.

"I find it awfully presumptuous," said Salhab, president of Orlando's 
400-member Arab American Community Center, who has told candidates he 
would like to sit and chat with them about issues instead.

Salhab and other activists have a message for candidates from both 
major parties: Assume nothing. If you want our vote, you'll need to 
earn it.

While Salhab thinks many Arab-Americans are dismayed by Bush's Middle 
East policies and see the war on terrorism as an attack on their 
civil rights, those sentiments alone don't translate into automatic 
votes for Kerry or any other Democrat, he said.

"We care about other issues too, from the local economy to health 
care and small businesses," Salhab said. "Bush's policies toward 
Arab-Americans are simply fueling the need to be involved."

So as the campaign season heats up, Salhab and other activists have 
begun a massive effort to mobilize the state's Arab-American voters, 
estimated by the Arab American Institute to number about 120,000.

Orlando's Arab American Community Center is the epicenter of the 
voter-education effort that will create "leadership councils" in 
South Florida, Tampa, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Tallahassee and 
Panama City.

Daytona Beach's efforts include more than just Arab-Americans, whose 
numbers are just in the hundreds in that city. Organizers are working 
with Pakistani Muslims and Middle Eastern immigrants of all religions 
to draw people to the polls.

"We've branched out of these social community organizations and have 
formed political action committees," said Ahmad Amawi, a Daytona 
Beach physician of Palestinian descent. . . .

<http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/elections/orl-locarabvote14031404mar14,1,6412294.story?coll=orl-home-headlines> 
*****
-- 
Yoshie

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