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NEW REPORT: In Heavily Arab American Areas of Michigan, 68% Of Voters Backed Biden; 43,000+ Additional Voters Who Didn’t Turnout For Hillary Helped Put Biden Over The Top in Crucial Swing State

(Detroit, Michigan) — By using the recently published “Language Access Analysis,” produced by Data Driven Detroit and Global Detroit, the American Community Survey’s Public Use Microdata Sets and other periodic surveys conducted over the last decade, a number of Michigan municipalities can be reasonably identified that have at least a likely plurality of Arab Americans. 

Unfortunately however, precisely charting the preferences, patterns and influence of Arab American voters has been greatly hampered over the decades by the lack of comprehensive precinct level data – a problem only compounded by the Trump administration’s refusal to include a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) category in the latest decennial census. As such, even in Michigan, where the concentration of Arab American voters is widely assumed to be the heaviest nationally, one can only estimate the correlation of voting results and identity. Nevertheless, as the dataset below illustrates, several voting trends seem to be indicated:

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Authors: Nicholas Noe & Steven Abdelatif. Special thanks to Matt Jaber Stiffler at the Arab American National Museum, the Arab American Institute and Rima Meroueh at ACCESS for their analysis and assistance in gathering the datasets. For inquiries, please email

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

November 20, 2020 at 12:22 am

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