Pollster James Zogby to discuss Iran’s decline in Arab and Muslim public opinion May 30

Arab American Institute President James Zogby will discuss the circumstances behind Iran’s “precipitous” decline in popularity among Arabs and Muslims May 30 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.


Zogby’s presentation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility. Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian will give introductory remarks.

Zogby, who is also a managing director at Zogby Research Services, will discuss the findings of his new book, “Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Iran in Public Opinion,” which examines how in just six years Iran has experienced a precipitous decline in popularity among Arabs and Muslims. Based on polling in 20 Arab and Muslim countries, Zogby’s study reveals how Iran’s involvement in Iraq, Bahrain and Syria played a role in alienating Arab public opinion. The study also shows how Iran’s nuclear program is now opposed by the public in almost every country surveyed and how the Obama administration’s lower profile in the Middle East has actually improved U.S. standing in Arab public opinion.

The Arab American Institute is a Washington, D.C.,-based organization that serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community. Zogby Research Services conducts public opinion polling and analyzes data.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/looking-at-iran-the-rise-and-fall-of-iran-in-public-opinion/subscribe.

To view the event description, visit http://bakerinstitute.org/events/looking-at-iran-the-rise-and-fall-of-iran-in-public-opinion. A live webcast will be available at http://bakerinstitute.org/webcasts.

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.