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Dr. Shibley Telhami: Orlando, the Middle East and the U.S. Election

Dr. Shibley Telhami: Orlando, the Middle East and the U.S. Election


Well I have two new polls that I’m
releasing, one that was taken just before the Orlando shooting, and one right after
the Orlando shooting and just to give a little context the one I took just two
weeks before the shooting was a follow-up to a poll that I did in
November in which I ask the American public about attitudes toward many
issues related to the Middle East region including their attitudes toward Islam
and Muslims and we know that has been a hot issue of discussion in our debates
it turns out that instead of the American people turning more unfavorable
view of Muslims they progressively had a more favorable view of Muslims from
November through May through June even after Orlando and the same with regard
to the Muslim religion while they still had more negative view of the Muslim
religion per se their views improved significantly from november to june like
seven percentage points orlando shootings didn’t have what the kind of
impact that people might have expected in terms of people souring on islam and
muslims for a couple of reasons one reason is that they actually don’t
interpret on the orlando shooting to be principally motivated by Islamist
ideology the public has far more nuanced view of the shooting it’s still that
slightly more Americans have an unfavorable view of Islam as a religion
than favor one that suggests to me that some candidates will try to exploit that
space but if there is any indication from the full results that we now have
that may not work what we have seen is that when you ask Americans do you know
any Muslims I know some which is closer to you I know some Muslims well I know
some Muslims but not well and I don’t know any Muslims those people who don’t
know any Muslims have far more negative use of both the Muslim people and the
Muslim religion and those people who know they know some Muslims well have a
much better view so that’s part of the the issue not the only factor there are
a lot of other factors but it certainly it’s interesting to see that there is
that direct correlation between just interacting with people versus a dealing
with something abstract

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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