American Muslims feel Accepted, See Trump’s White House as Enemy
American Muslims say more Americans look at them with suspicion because of their faith but even many more individual Americans love and support them since Donald Trump became the president.
A Pew Research Center report released Wednesday shows that nearly three-quarters of all U.S. Muslims consider Trump to be unfriendly to them. Sixty-two percent say that Americans do not view Islam part of the mainstream since the 2016 presidential election that saw a huge spike in hatred towards Muslims and immigrants.
Meanwhile, nearly 50% of Muslims said they have been encouraged by the understanding shown by non-Muslim Americans since the election and they remain optimistic about their future.
Over 70% believe the key to success in the country is hard work.
“There’s a sense among the American Muslim population that others are beginning to understand them and beginning to sympathize with them,” said Amaney Jamal, a Princeton University political scientist. “Prejudice against Muslims has pushed the average American to say, “This is really not fair. I’m going to knock on my neighbor’s door to see if they’re all right,” Jamal said.
Since 2007 the Pew survey has been completed three times on Muslims and once since Trump took office. Trump promised to ban Muslims entering into the U.S.from six predominantly Muslim countries- promising to do “extreme vetting” of refugees and deport millions of illegal immigrants.
The Pew Research poll was conducted in English, Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, by landline and cell phone between January 23 and May 2. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.8 percentage points.
There have been a rise in anti-Muslim harassment. These include arson and vandalism at mosques and bullying in schools over the last several months.
In the Pew survey, nearly 50% of American Muslims said that they have been discriminated against in the last year. Many of the mistreatment consisted of threats, slurs, and treated with distrust. The percentage only increased slightly over previous Pews surveys.
For respondents who believed they were visible as Muslims the increase in discrimination was higher. The visible features that caused the discrimination include wearing a head covering or hijab, for women. 64% of Muslim women who wear traditional head covering or hijab said they have felt the discrimination.
Despite the high discrimination rate, 89% of respondents said they are proud to be both Muslim and American and two-thirds said they have no conflict between democracy and Islam.
Pew also surveyed Muslim in regards to voting and found a large portion of American Muslims voted in the last election, and are registered to vote.
In year’s presidential election 44% of Muslims voted compared to 2007 when 37 percent did. About 60% of all Americans voted in the last election.
According to survey results, a slight majority of U.S. Muslims now accept homosexuality. This is an about-face from a decade ago when over 60% of American Muslims believed homosexuality should be banned from the country.
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