POLL: MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT MIDEAST CEASE-FIRE

POLL: MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT MIDEAST CEASE-FIRE

CAIR launches ‘Not in America’s Name’ online petition drive


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/4/06) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today released the results of a survey, called “The War in Lebanon and American Public Opinion,” showing that a majority of Americans support an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East.

The random telephone survey, commissioned by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), asked more than 1,000 Americans about their views on U.S. policy in the Middle East and whether the United States should call for an immediate cease-fire.

CAIR’s survey was conducted July 28 to August 2 by International Communications Research, a Pennsylvania-based polling and market research firm. Poll results have a margin of error of +/-3 percent.

Highlights of the survey:

* Almost 54 percent of respondents support an immediate Mideast cease fire.
* Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of those surveyed favor American neutrality or disengagement from the Middle East conflict.
* 37 percent of respondents believe U.S. policy in the Middle East is balanced, favoring neither side.
* 36 percent believe the U.S. is biased in favor of Israel.
* Only 2 percent believe the U.S. favors the Palestinians and Lebanese.
* 35 percent believe media coverage of the conflict is “balanced and fair to all sides.”
* 21 percent said media coverage favors Israel.
* 15 percent said it favors the Palestinians and Lebanese.

At today’s news conference, CAIR also announced the launch of an online petition drive, called “Not in America’s Name,” urging elected officials to support an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East. SEE: http://www.notinamericasname.org/

The petition website also features educational materials about the conflict and suggests actions individuals can take, such as contacting elected officials and organizing town hall meetings, to help bring the violence to an end.

“The Bush administration’s Mideast policy should reflect the opinion of the majority of Americans, not the narrow political agenda put forward by special interest groups,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed.

Ahmed said a small but growing number of elected officials are speaking out in favor of a cease-fire. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) drafted a resolution urging President Bush to demand an immediate end to Mideast violence.

SEE: Kucinich Calls For Middle East Cease-Fire

Other members of Congress supporting a cease-fire include Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Representatives David Price (D-NC), Lois Capps (D-CA), James Leach (R-IA), and Bob Filner (D-CA).

CAIR has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.


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