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CBSNewspoll Islam 091510

CBSNewspoll Islam 091510

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CBS News poll on Islam, Sept. 15, 2010.
CBS News poll on Islam, Sept. 15, 2010.

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 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
not 
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
 
Among other demographic groups, men are slightly more likely to report anti-Muslim sentimentsthan women, as are Americans between the ages of 45 and 64 compared with those bothyounger and older. Regionally, Americans from the South are more likely to report negativefeelings towards Muslims than those in other parts of the country.In terms of partisanship, Republicans (39%) are nearly four times as likely as Democrats (11%)and nearly twice as likely as independents (20%) to report anti-Muslim feelings. Liberals (11%)are less likely than moderates (18%) and conservatives (31%) to say they ever have negativefeelings toward Muslims, though they are the most likely to say they know other people who do.
Do You Have Negative FeelingsTowards Muslims Because of 9/11?
 Yes NoTotal 21% 74Men 26% 69Women 17% 7818-44 16% 8045-64 30% 6765+ 23% 69Northeast 22% 73Midwest 14% 79South 28% 67West 17% 79Republican 39% 54Democrat 11% 85Independents 20% 77Liberal 11% 87Moderate 18% 80Conservative 31% 60
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This poll was conducted among a random sample of 990 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephoneSeptember 10-14, 2010. Phone numbers were dialed from random digit dial samples of both standardland-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plusor minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups is higher.This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
 

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