CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLL
For release: September 15, 20106:30 pm (EDT)
Discrimination Against Muslims and Arabs in the U.S.September 10-14, 2010
With the debate over the proposed Islamic cultural center and prayer room to be built nearGround Zero stirring up heated debate on both sides, most Americans think it is at leastsomewhat likely that Arab Americans, Muslims, and immigrants from the Middle East are beingsingled out unfairly by people in this country. 34% think it is very likely, while another 37% thinkit is somewhat likely.Still, the recent debate does not seem to have made Americans think discrimination is morelikely to take place than before. The percentage of Americans that thinks anti-Muslim and anti-Arab discrimination is very likely has not increased over the past two years, while thepercentage who says it is
likely has increased eight percentage points since August 2006, to24% now.
Likelihood of Discrimination in U.S. Against Muslims and Arab Americans
Now 8/2006 9/2001Very likely 34% 34% 50%Somewhat likely 37 49 40Not too/at all likely 24 16 9When asked specifically about Muslims and the 9/11 attacks, 55% of Americans say they knowpeople who have negative feelings toward Muslims because of the attacks on the World TradeCenter, though just 21% say they themselves ever have negative feelings towards Muslims.
Negative Feelings towards Muslims Because of 9/11?
People you know YourselfYes 55% 21%No 40 74One in two Americans say they know someone who is Muslim, and those Americans are evenless likely than Americans overall to have negative feelings towards them. Only 15% ofAmericans who know a Muslim personally and 11% who have a close friend who is Muslim saythey have negative feelings towards them.
Do You Have Negative Feelings towards Muslims Because of 9/11?
Total Know Muslim Close friend who is MuslimYes 21% 15% 11%No 74 81 86