SURVEY FINDS U.S. MUSLIMS ARE CONTENTED
American Muslims are more prosperous than Western Europe's Muslims and less likely to support Islamic extremism than Muslims in most other nations, according to a landmark survey released yesterday.
Most American Muslims are satisfied with their communities and believe they can get ahead if they're willing to work hard, according to the survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
"We find the Muslim Americans we interviewed largely assimilated. They're happy with their lives," said Andrew Kohut, president of the nonprofit research center. "They're moderate on many of the issues that sharply divide Muslims and Westerners around the world."
At the same time, fewer than half the American Muslims surveyed said they believe the 9/11 perpetrators were Arabs, according to the survey.
The Pew study, titled "American Muslims: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream," estimated there are 2.35 million American Muslims, which is less than 1 percent of the U.S. population and far fewer than the 4 million to 7 million that some Muslim advocacy groups claim live in the United States.
The survey of 1,050 Muslims, conducted from January through April, is the most thorough attempt by sociologists to understand the American Muslim community since 19 Middle Eastern men carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Pew researchers said.