As many as 80 per cent of Muslim voters in the United States are participating in primaries for the 2008 presidential elections, among the highest aggregates by any ethnic or religious group in America.
A survey, released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations shows that Muslim voters remained fully engaged with the political process.
Muslim community leaders interpret this as indicating a strong desire among Muslims to integrate in the American society. They also link this to the events of Sept 11, 2001, which created widespread biases against the Muslims in America, causing the community to make a concentrated effort to stay engaged with other Americans and to play an active role in local politics.
The survey, commissioned by CAIR, a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, asked 1,000 registered Muslim voters about their demographic profiles, political views and levels of social integration. Respondents were randomly drawn from a pool of some 400,000 registered Muslim voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three per cent.
The survey’s results show a family-oriented, highly-educated and diverse group of voters who condemn terrorism and believe anti-Americanism in the Muslim world is a serious problem.
The poll also shows that “the more devout Muslim voters are also those who are most likely to believe that Islam and modernity are compatible.”
Respondents were asked which issues will most influence their vote. Education was the top pick indicated by 89 per cent, followed by civil rights (86 per cent), health care policy (85 per cent) and the economy (85 per cent).
“Our survey shows that most Muslim voters are still undecided on their preferred presidential candidate, yet are politically engaged and extremely likely to vote,” said CAIR spokeswoman Amina Rubin.
“This means that a potential bloc of Muslim swing voters in several battleground states is ready to support a candidate who will commit to acting on issues that concern America’s Muslims.” (MORE)