NEW YORK — George W. Bush (search) may have received overwhelming support
from the Muslim American community in the 2000 presidential election
against Al Gore, but it looks like he has lost a lot of ground within the
community this year.
"The shift by American Muslims away from the president — and the
Republicans — is dramatic, and the truest example of a backlash we've seen.
This is virtually unprecedented," John Zogby, president of Zogby
International (search), said Tuesday.
Zogby International and Georgetown University's Project MAPS (search) on
Tuesday released a survey that showed, despite the fact that a plurality of
Muslims supported Bush in 2000, 76 percent now support Massachusetts Sen.
John Kerry (search) and only 7 percent support the incumbent.
"The results of this survey are truly astonishing. For American Muslims,
there has been a sea-change in political alignment and outlook since Sept.
11," said Zahid Bukhari, director of Project MAPS. "The political
realignment in the Muslim community is unprecedented in all of American
The poll, which also found that 51 percent said it's a good time to be a
Muslim in America, was based on a survey of 1,846 Muslims chosen randomly
nationwide, including an over sample of 146 face-to-face interviews of
African-American Muslims in mosques. The poll has a margin of error of 2.3
percentage points. Surveys were conducted Aug. 5 through Sept. 15