This sample exit poll and press release are designed to aid community members when gauging and report on the Muslim community’s political preferences and impact after an election.
Sample Exit Poll
As-salaamu ‘alaykum, I’m [name] calling from [organization name], [description of organization].
[State] had an election today. I’d like to ask you a couple of quick questions about your vote.
Who did you vote for for the Senate?
- Candidate A
- Candidate B
How about for the U.S. House?
- Candidate A
- Candidate B
- Candidate C
There was a measure on the ballot restricting civil liberties, Proposition 775. How did you vote?
Sample Press Release
You can customize a press release with your own information based on this CAIR release from 2004.
Exit Poll: 93 Percent of Muslims Voting for Kerry
Samplings in Ohio and Florida show overwhelming support
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/2004) — Preliminary results of an exit poll by a national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization indicate that more than 90 percent of Muslim voters are casting their ballots for John Kerry in today’s election.
In that early survey of 537 Muslim voters, conducted by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 93 percent of respondents said they voted for Kerry, 5 percent favored Ralph Nader and less than 1 percent said they supported President Bush.
The exit poll exceeds the results of a post-debate CAIR survey indicating that 80 percent of likely American Muslim voters planned to vote for Kerry. Today’s poll results are also in line with the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections – Political Action Committee (AMT-PAC) endorsement of John Kerry.
In the key battleground state of Florida, a CAIR sampling of 335 Muslims who cast their votes today or in early polling shows that 95 percent voted for Kerry and just 3 percent voted for President Bush. Ralph Nader received less than 2 percent of Muslim votes.
In Ohio, a similar sampling of 222 Muslim voters showed 86 percent voting for Kerry, 4 percent for Bush and 10 percent for “other” or a third party.
“We are seeing an unprecedented level of voter mobilization by the American Muslim community in this election,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “I believe Muslim voters have come of age and will be a factor in all future elections.”
Muslims from almost every state responded to the exit poll, with the most responses coming from California, Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, New York, Florida, and Ohio.
Surveys were faxed and e-mailed to Muslim individuals and organizations nationwide this afternoon.
In the weeks leading up to the election, CAIR launched a nationwide “Get Out the Muslim Vote” campaign that included phone banks in a number of election centers, distribution of Muslim voter guides and transportation services for Muslim voters.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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