Pew Research Center finds American Muslims encounter discrimination yet continue to believe in American Dream

Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center

“U.S. Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream,” Pew Research Center.

 Pew Research Center’s researchers have talked with 1001 people over phone to conduct the survey. The survey shows that three-fourths of the U.S. Muslims said that there are a lot discrimination against Muslims in the U.S.  About 74% of the U.S. Muslims say that President Trump is unfriendly towards them and 68% them say that the current president make them feel worried. In 2011, on the contrary, 64% of the U.S. Muslims believed that President Obama was friendly towards them. Now in 2017, only 12% of them say that Mr. Trump is friendly towards them.

The finding shows that U.S. Muslims are getting socially more open.  More people are seen to accept homosexuality. 52% of US Muslims say that homosexuality should be accepted by the society outnumbering 39% Muslims support for homosexuality in 2011.

Nine in a ten American Muslims are proud to be American. While 55% say that American people are friendly towards them, only 49% U.S. Muslims say someone stood by them because of being Muslims.

A vast majority of US Muslims, 62% to be exact, believe that American people do not see Islam as part of mainstream society. 50% of them says that being Muslim in the U.S. has gotten more difficult in the recent years whilst 44% seem to believe that things haven’t changed much.

Most Muslims (64%) are dissatisfied with the direction of the country and weary of Trump. Almost half of the U.S. Muslims(48%) said that they experienced at least one instance of religious discrimination in the past year.

The Pew Research Centers says, “At the same time, however, Muslim Americans express a persistent streak of optimism and positive feelings. Overwhelmingly, they say they are proud to be Americans, believe(70%) that hard work generally brings success in this country and are satisfied (80%)with the way things are going in their own lives – even if they are not satisfied(64%) with the direction of the country as a whole.”

U.S. Muslims are proud to be American and concerned about violence and extremism

Nine in a ten American Muslims are proud to be American. While 55% say that American people are friendly towards them, only 49% U.S. Muslims say someone stood by them because of being Muslims.

Both Muslims and the larger US public are very concerned about extremism all over the world. 66% of U.S. Muslims are very concerned about extremism all over the world whilst 49% of general public says they are very concerned about extremism all over the world. 49% of the U.S. Muslims and 43% of U.S. general public say that they are very concerned about extremism in the name of Islam in the U.S.

82% of the U.S. Muslims believe that targeting, killing civilians can never be/rarely justifiable echoing U.S. general public (83%).

Muslim appearance is risky and U.S. media’s Islam coverage unfair

64% of U.S. Muslims those who have clothing/ appearance identifying as a Muslim have experienced at least one type of a discriminatory treatment outnumbering those Muslims do not have distinctive Muslim appearance. Muslims women have records of being attacked because of their Hijab.

U.S. Muslims are not happy with U.S. media’s coverage f Islam. 60% American Muslims believe that US media covers Islam unfairly. Among U.S. general public, 53% of them believe that media’s stand on Islam is unfair.

Muslim women are more concerned than men

The Pew Research Center survey finds that Muslim women are more concerned than men about their place in society. The survey shows a gender gap as American Muslim women are more worried about discrimination, President Trump, GOP and more dissatisfied than men with the way things going on in the country.

 52% of the women say that they have a lot of common with most Americans. The men outnumbered them as 68% men say they have a lot of common with most Americans.  While 65% of Muslim men say that Americans are friendly towards Muslims, only 44% Muslim women think so.

Demographic portrait of U.S. Muslims

The survey shows that almost 58% of the American Muslims are immigrants(20% South Asian and 14% Middle Eastern) and 42% are native born. 41% of the Muslims are ethnically white(including Arabs and people with middle eastern ethnicity) and 28% Asian, identifying as Pakistani or Indian descent.

The survey finds, “Muslim immigrants are, on average, more highly educated than both U.S.-born Muslims and the U.S. public as a whole.”

Pew survey revealed an interesting data that shows 60% of US Muslims are under the age of 40 whereas 38% of Americans as a whole are under the age 40. The survey finds, “Muslim immigrants are, on average, more highly educated than both U.S.-born Muslims and the U.S. public as a whole.”

Religion is more than beliefs and rituals

Most of the Muslims in the U.S. say that their faith is more than only beliefs and rituals. Apart from believing in God and loving Prophet Muhammad, 69% of U.S. Muslims say working for justice and equality and working to protect the environment (62%) are essential part of what being Muslim means to them.

Religion is very important to most of the American Muslims. 65% of the U.S. Muslims say that religion is very important to them. U.S. Christians are more serious about religions than the U.S. Muslims. 68 % of the U.S. Christians say that religion is very important to them. 22% Muslims say that religion is somewhat important to them while the number 25% in U.S. Christians.

U.S. Muslims are Democratic

Most of the Muslims are Democratic. 66% of them either identify them as Democrats or lean towards Democratic Party whereas only 13% of the Muslims have support for the Republican Party. The survey shows that the Muslims are reliably Democratic in presidential elections. In the 2016 presidential election, 78% Muslims voted for the Democratic candidate. The number was overwhelming 2008 when 92% of the American Muslims voted for the Democratic candidate.

 


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Masum Billah is a Staff Writer for The GeoStrategists. A Graduate from the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Masum Billah is a human rights activist. He writes columns on human rights, foreign policy, and terrorism.

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