In an October poll of likely Arab American voters, Hillary Clinton smothers Donald Trump, by a margin of 60% to 26%. Commissioned by the AAI and conducted by Zogby Analytics, the survey found that the movement of Arab Americans away from the Republican Party has continued. Arab Americans now favor the Democratic Party over the Republicans by two to one—with 52% identifying as Democrats and only 26% who say they are Republicans. And when asked which party they prefer to control Congress, by a margin of 54% to 27% Arab Americans say they favor the Democrats.
When asked why they would vote for either Clinton or Trump, Arab Americans gave surprisingly similar responses. Over 40% of Clinton voters said they were supporting her either because of party loyalty or because they liked her domestic policies. Another third said they were, in fact, voting against Trump. Only one in ten identified foreign policy as the reason they were supporting Clinton.
Supporters of both Clinton and Trump identified “Jobs and the economy” as the most important issue in determining their vote. But that was where the similarity ended. While Democrats pointed to gun violence, health care, and Social Security and Medicare as next in importance, Republicans identified combating terrorism, the budget deficit and controlling government spending, and immigration as their most important concerns. And when asked on which issues they felt Clinton would be best able to address, Arab Americans added improving education and race relations to the mix.