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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Arab Americans, once pro-Bush, now look to Democrats

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 21 (JTA) — The top Republican Party official praises President Bush´s "unique and special relationship with the Arab American community" and gets polite applause. His Democratic counterpart says, "We´re going to beat George Bush next Nov. 2 " and gets a standing ovation.

What a difference four years — and a transforming national crisis — has made.

Bush, whose substantial Arab American support in 2000 helped him win swing states, has plummeted in Arab American polls.

"The community has changed. It was almost the other way around in 2000," said pollster John Zogby, himself an Arab American.
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