Majority of Michigan Arab-Americans Support Kerry

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A new poll shows 58 percent of Arab-Americans in Michigan support the Democratic presidential ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards.

Twenty-one percent support Republican President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, while nine percent support independent candidate Ralph Nader, the son of Lebanese immigrants. Twelve percent are undecided.

The poll represents a shift since 2000, when more of the state's Arab-Americans supported the Bush-Cheney ticket.

Among the 574 Arab-Americans polled September 9 through Wednesday by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA, 54 percent said they voted for Bush in 2000. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus four-point-five percent.

An estimated 250,000 to 300,000 Arab-Americans live in Michigan.