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Survey: 44 Percent of Americans Would Curtail Muslim Civil Rights


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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/17/04) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on elected representatives and government officials to address the rising level of Islamophobia in America.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued that call following today’s release of a survey by the Media and Society Research Group in Cornell University’s Department of Communication indicating that 44 percent of Americans believe the government should curtail the civil rights of American Muslims in some manner.

A Cornell University news release on the report states:

“About 27 percent of respondents said that all Muslim Americans should be required to register their location with the federal government, and 26 percent said they think that mosques should be closely monitored by U.S. law enforcement agencies”¦About 22 percent said the federal government should profile citizens as potential threats based on the fact that they are Muslim or have Middle Eastern heritage. In all, about 44 percent said they believe that some curtailment of civil liberties is necessary for Muslim Americans.”

SEE: “44 Percent of Americans Queried in Cornell National Poll Favor Curtailing Some Liberties for Muslim Americans”


“Elected representatives, government officials and other opinion leaders
must finally recognize that Islamophobia is a growing phenomenon in
American society that must be urgently addressed,” said CAIR Executive
Director Nihad Awad. “Our nation and its values are diminished whenever any
faith or ethnic group is viewed with such suspicion and hostility.”

Awad said the Cornell study confirms the results of a CAIR survey released
in October indicating that 1-in-4 Americans believes anti-Muslim stereotypes.

SEE: “Poll: 1-in-4 Americans Holds Anti-Muslim Views”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 30 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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


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