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CAIR Muslim Voter Survey Indicates 86 Percent Turnout, Support for Hillary Clinton

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/13/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released the results of a nationwide survey of Muslim voters on the upcoming presidential election indicating a likely high turnout of Muslims at the polls on November 8 – more than 70 percent of whom say they will vote for Hillary Clinton - and concern about issues such as civil rights, education, the economy, bullying, a proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., and national security.

VIDEO: CAIR’s News Conference Announcing the Results of the Survey

SEE: Muslim Voters Name Civil Rights as Key Election Issue as Electorate Turns Away From GOP

Highlights of CAIR’s survey results, announced at a news conference this morning at the civil right organization’s Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., include:

  • 86 percent of registered Muslim voters intend to vote in this year’s presidential election.
  • 12 percent of Muslim voters are still undecided about who to vote for in this presidential election.
  • 72 percent of Muslim voters said they will vote to elect Hillary Clinton, while 4 percent said they will vote for Donald Trump, 3 percent will vote for Jill Stein, and 2 percent will vote for Gary Johnson.
  • The percentage of those Muslim voters who said they are closer to the Democratic Party remained constant, from 66 percent in a similar poll taken in 2012, to 67 percent today, after having increased from 49 percent in a similar poll taken in 2008.  
  • Affiliation with the Republican Party remained relatively steady at 6 percent today, 9 percent in 2012 and 8 percent in 2008.
  • 62 percent of respondents said that the Republican Party was unfriendly toward Muslims (compared to 51 percent in 2012), while 2 percent said that the Democratic Party was unfriendly (compared to 6 percent in 2012).
  • The top six most important issues to American Muslim voters are civil rights, education, jobs and the economy, protecting students from bullying and harassment, a proposed ban on Muslims traveling to the U.S., and terrorism and national security.
  • 91 percent of respondents believe that Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim travelers entering the U.S. is the wrong decision and only 3 percent, within the margin of error, believe that it is the right decision.
  • 85 percent of respondents believe that Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. has increased in the past year. Moreover, 30 percent of respondents say they have experienced discrimination or profiling in the past year.
  • 82 percent of Muslim voters support Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S.
  • Almost half of Muslim voters, 47 percent, said that the U.S. did not provide enough support in the past year to combat and defeat the terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria
  • More than half, 62 percent, of those polled attend a mosque at least once a month. 
  • 66 percent of respondents say they have a four-year or graduate degree. 

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “This survey shows that American Muslims are both worried and hopeful. They are worried that Islamophobia is becoming violent and acceptable with no push back by our nation’s leaders, and hopeful that their high turnout - with more than one million votes - will swing the election and make their voices heard.”

“Our survey results indicate that presidential candidates still have time to appeal to American Muslim voters by addressing issues such as the erosion of civil rights and growing Islamophobia,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

The independent live telephone survey of more than 800 Muslim voters was conducted after the first presidential debate (9/7 to 10/5) and looks at how many Muslims plan to turn out at the polls, who they plan to vote for in the presidential election and what issues they believe are important in determining who to vote for. CAIR’s survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

CAIR’s survey is just one part of an ongoing effort by the Washington-based civil rights organization to mobilize American 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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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