(WASHINGTON, DC – 10/22/2004) – According to the results of a post-debate
poll, 80 percent of likely American Muslim voters say they plan to vote for
Sen. John Kerry on November 2.
The poll, conducted by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) following the third presidential debate, also indicates
that 11 percent of Muslim voters favor Ralph Nader and just two percent say
they will vote to re-elect President Bush. Only four percent of the Muslim
voters said they are still undecided.
Thirty-three percent of poll respondents said the Democratic Party most
closely reflected their views, followed by the Green Party at 20 percent
and the Republican Party at 13 percent. One-quarter of Muslim respondents
said they were not sure which party reflected their views.
When asked to list the most important issue they used to determine a
presidential choice, the issues mentioned most often by respondents were
related to civil rights and foreign policy.
Muslims from 43 states responded to the survey, with the most responses
coming from California (17 percent), Texas (8 percent), Virginia (7
percent), Michigan (6 percent), Illinois (6 percent), Maryland (5 percent),
New York (5 percent), Ohio (4 percent), Florida (4 percent), New Jersey (4
percent), and Pennsylvania (3 percent).
Muslims may be swing voters in politically-important states such as Ohio
and Florida. CAIR is opening “Get Out the Muslim Vote” election centers
this weekend in Ohio.
SEE: “‘Get Out the Muslim Vote’ Centers to Open in Ohio”
Poll results are based on responses from 857 American Muslims who say they
will vote in the November 2 election. A total of 973 people responded to
the CAIR survey. Surveys were faxed and e-mailed to Muslim individuals and
Yesterday, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections –
Political Action Committee (AMT-PAC) called on Muslims to cast their votes
for Sen. John Kerry.
SEE: “Muslim Coalition Offers Qualified Kerry Endorsement”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.