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New Poll Measures Hostility to Islam in U.S.


WHAT: On Monday, October 4, the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to release the
results of a major survey designed to measure the American public’s level
of hostility to Islam and Muslims.

WHEN: Monday, October 4, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 13th Floor, National Press
Building, 14th and F Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726,

The random phone survey of 1000 Americans, conducted by an independent
research firm, asked questions such as: “When you hear the word ‘Muslim,’
what is the first thought that comes to your mind?” and “Do you feel that
the American Muslim community has been as active as they should be in
condemning acts of terrorism by other Muslims?”

Respondents were also asked whether they agreed or disagreed with a number
of positive and negative statements about Islam and Muslims, including:

* “Muslims value life less than other people.”
* “The Muslim religion teaches violence and hatred.”
* “Muslims want to change the American way of life.”

Survey responses were then correlated with the interviewee’s knowledge of
Islam, interaction with Muslims, age, income, and political beliefs.

“Unfortunately, a significant number of Americans seem to accept and
internalize anti-Muslim stereotypes,” said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.
“This is a problem that needs to be addressed by all those who care about
our nation’s long-standing traditions of tolerance and religious diversity.”

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726,;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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