Friday, May 02, 2008

Arab American attitudes toward surveillance: The Detroit Arab American Study (2003) asked 1,016 people if, after 9/11, they were in favor of: 1) increased government monitoring of U.S. citizens; and 2) detaining suspicious Arabs and/or Muslims even if there is not sufficient evidence to prosecute them in court.

Only 10.9% supported the latter, but a majority (52.8%) favored the increased surveillance of U.S. citizens in general. I'm not surprised to see Arab Americans say, sure watch people more carefully--just don't pick on us.

By the way, 21.9% of Christian Arabs and 33.3% of atheist Arabs were in favor of targeting Arabs and/or Muslims, compared to only 5.5% of Muslims.

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