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EXIT POLL: 93 Percent of Muslims Voting for Kerry


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/2004) – Preliminary results of an exit poll by a
prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group 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. SEE:

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
under 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, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and
in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director, Corey Saylor, 202-646-6039, E-Mail:;
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:


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