On Tuesday, the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding (ISPU) released a new survey of American Muslims. It comes at a critically important time for this religious community, which has found itself — again — at the epicenter of an election-season vortex with prejudiced views about Islam abounding.
“In this election cycle, specifically, Muslims have been a topic of debate but seldom participants in that discussion,” said Dalia Mogahed, ISPU’s Director of Research.
The survey found, among other things, that Muslims are ethnically diverse, and most favor Democratic candidates. Compared to other religious groups, they are equally as engaged in their communities, though less active politically, and report more discrimination than other faiths; 18% of American Muslims report regular discrimination. Importantly, ISPU found that Muslim Americans oppose military targeting of civilians. Sixty-five percent of Muslim Americans say that it is never justified, compared to 45% of American Jews, 43% of American Catholics, and 40% of American Protestants.