Elections 2016

80% of congressional seats, numerous local positions, along with one supreme court seat are up for election this November. American Muslims have been at the center of political rhetoric and discourse from both parties. ISPU has gathered our elections related research into an online community tool kit in order to empower the community, to be informed and effective participants in our country’s political process.

Our American Muslims and Elections project provides data driven recommendations on how each of us can be engaged in the political process, locally and nationally.

Our findings from the American Muslim Poll 2016 provide empirical evidence on the opinions and policy priorities that can be used to respond to stereotypes of our community.

Our research from our Islamophobia project deconstructs the Islamophobia industry in order to understand how it’s used as a legislative tactic.

Our updated Legislative Map provides state level information on all laws that have been proposed under six issue areas from 2011 to 2015.

From videos to presentations to full reports, our research has been repackaged to ensure accessibility for everyone in the community.

Videos

Presentations

Infographics

An infographic showing how to get out the Muslim vote. 85% of Muslim plan to vote, but only 60% are registered. How do we get out the vote for the 25% of people who plan to vote but are not yet registered? What works: direct mailers thanking people for voting in past elections, knocking on doors in your community, following up with people, sending emails and texts to people you know personally, focusing on messaging that helps people to see themselves as voters. What doesn't work: sending nonpartisan reminders to vote and sending partisan mailers, using prerecorded calls, sending automated emails, using arguments such as civic duty or group solidarity.
Infographic showing the guiding principles for Muslim Political Engagement. Diversity - While differences can be challenging, the multitude of different Muslim voices can be a great benefit to national dialogue. Local and global - social change can only be achieved by constantly being present, both locally and globally. Priorities not partisanship - Focusing on principles not political parties will ensure the longterm influence of American Muslim communities. Stewardship - By concerning oneself with the well-being of the economically disadvantaged and the oppressed, Muslims display the Islamic ethics of social justice and equity.

American Muslim Poll 2016 – The Graphs

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Reports

  • American Muslim Poll 2016: Participation, Priorities, and Facing Prejudice in the 2016 Elections offers a timely and groundbreaking look into the American Muslim community. In the years after the September 11th attacks in America, Muslims have been the subjects of frequent discussions but seldom among the participants....

  • This is a summary of the key findings of ISPU’s American Muslim Poll: Participation, Priorities, and Facing Prejudice in the 2016 Elections, a poll which offers a timely and groundbreaking look into the American Muslim community. In the years after the September 11th attacks in...

  • In the midst of a polarized and heated election season in 2016 where Muslims were frequent subjects of national debate, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) set out to discover what American Muslims wanted for themselves. ISPU researchers set out to answer three...

  • In the midst of a polarized and heated election season in 2016 where Muslims were frequent subjects of national debate, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) set out to discover what American Muslims wanted for themselves. ISPU researchers set out to answer three...

  • In the anti-sharia laws being enacted today in states across the country, we see a modern-day example of laws targeting one group but ultimately affecting many others. In evaluating the significance of these laws and formulating solutions, it is important to place them in the...

  • Since 9/11, the public spotlight on American Muslims has been intense, and much of the time the exposure has been negative. The level of scrutiny on American Muslims has increased over the years, particularly since 2010 when Florida-based pastor Terry Jones sought to burn the...

Op-eds

Saeed A. Khan in The Detroit Free Press | July 20, 2016

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Engy Abdelkader in The Huffington Post | June 4, 2016

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Engy Abdelkader on CNN | March 1, 2016

Interactive Legislative Map

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A US map showing state control by republicans, democrats, or split