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CAIR Releases Results of Online Exit Poll Revealing Snapshot of Maryland Muslim Voter Preferences in 2020 General Election

Findings show over 97 percent of Maryland Muslims who are registered voters cast their ballots; Key priority issues include islamophobia, racial injustice, and healthcare 

(Baltimore, Md., 11/7/20) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today revealed the results of its online exit poll of American Muslims who are registered voters in the State of Maryland.

SEE: CAIR 2020 Online Exit Poll of Maryland Muslims

The poll, conducted on November 4 immediately after the 2020 General Election, depicts a snapshot of voter engagement, preferences and priorities within the state. 

“American Muslim voters are an increasingly influential voting bloc in cities across the country,” said CAIR’s Director in Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “A substantial focus of CAIR’s work especially during an election year is to empower our communities to exercise their civic duty to vote, and we welcome the findings of this survey that reveal Muslim voters who are registered voters in Maryland are extensively engaged and participating in the democratic process within our state.”

“The results of the Maryland exit poll support the findings of CAIR’s national exit poll which indicate an unprecedented turnout by Muslim voters,” said CAIR’s National Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “Maryland voters clearly exhibited a stronger preference for the Democratic ticket as compared with the national exit poll, and this is expected considering that Maryland has not voted Republican in a presidential election in 32 years.” 


Over 97 percent of Maryland Muslim registered voters who participated in CAIR’s exit poll conducted on November 4, 2020 cast their ballots in the 2020 General Election. According to the results of the survey, participants overwhelmingly favored Joe Biden for president, with 92 percent voting for the Democratic ticket. Fewer than 1 percent reported voting for the Republican Party nominee Donald Trump. 

The poll found that the key issue that mattered most to the highest percentage of participants is islamophobia. Breaking down priority issues by race and ethnicity, Muslims who identified as Black/African American and Asian/Pacific Islander also reported significant concerns about healthcare and racial justice issues. Meanwhile, a significant percentage of Arab American Muslim voters in the state who participated in the poll expressed foreign policy as their top priority issue. The findings of the Maryland exit poll are consistent with CAIR’s national exit poll which revealed that American Muslims who are registered voters turned out in record numbers in this election.

As a nonpartisan organization, CAIR encourages all American Muslims to participate in national, state and local elections, conduct voter registration drives, provide training programs, issue briefings, organize candidate forums, volunteer in campaigns, and lead get-out-the-vote initiatives when it is safe and conducive to do so. Nonprofit organizations like CAIR cannot engage in political activities that support one candidate or party over another, but we are committed to understanding our communities’ concerns, helping your voice be heard and making your vote count.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.    

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.    


CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry,

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