Elections Toolkit

Whether it’s time for a general, midterm, local, or special election, ISPU’s elections-related research on issues related to American Muslims can be utilized. Use this online community toolkit to empower, inform, and improve participation 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 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.

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Videos

Presentations

American Muslim Poll – The Graphs

Click here to download all 13 graphs from 2016.

Figure 1: Bar graph showing that Muslims favored Democrats in the 2016 presidential election
Figure 2: Bar graph showing that Muslims and Jews are most likely to identify as Democrat
Figure 3: Bar graph showing that Muslims' top policy priorities are economy, civil rights, and education
Figure 5: Bar graph showing that Muslims who report religious discrimination are less optimistic, but more engaged in their community
Figure 6: Bar graph showing that compared to other faith groups, Muslims are most satisfied with the direction of the country (63%) and President Obama (78%)
Figure 7: Bar graph showing that compared to other faith groups, Muslims are equally engaged in their communities, but less engaged politically
Figure 8: Bar graph showing that, for Muslims, frequent mosque attendance is linked to greater civic engagement

Click here to download all 41 graphs from 2017.

Figure 1: Bar graph showing that of all the faith groups surveyed, Muslims are most satisfied with the country
Figure 2: Bar graph showing that, of all the religious groups surveyed, Muslims and Jews were the least likely to favor a Trump presidential win
Figure 3: Bar graph showing that Muslims are the least likely faith community to vote
Figure 4: Pie graph showing that dissatisfaction with choices and indifference, not theology, were the top reasons for Muslim's low voter turn-out
Figure 5: A bar graph showing that younger Muslims are less likely to vote than their older counterparts
Figure 6: Bar graph showing that Asian Muslims are more likely to vote than White, Black, and Arab Muslims
From Table 2 (Figure 1): Bar graph showing that economy and bigotry continue to top Muslim priorities

American Muslim Poll – The Graphs

Click here to download all 13 graphs from 2016.

Figure 1: Bar graph showing that Muslims favored Democrats in the 2016 presidential election
Figure 2: Bar graph showing that Muslims and Jews are most likely to identify as Democrat
Figure 3: Bar graph showing that Muslims' top policy priorities are economy, civil rights, and education
Figure 5: Bar graph showing that Muslims who report religious discrimination are less optimistic, but more engaged in their community
Figure 6: Bar graph showing that compared to other faith groups, Muslims are most satisfied with the direction of the country (63%) and President Obama (78%)
Figure 7: Bar graph showing that compared to other faith groups, Muslims are equally engaged in their communities, but less engaged politically
Figure 8: Bar graph showing that, for Muslims, frequent mosque attendance is linked to greater civic engagement

Click here to download all 41 graphs from 2017.

Figure 1: Bar graph showing that of all the faith groups surveyed, Muslims are most satisfied with the country
Figure 2: Bar graph showing that, of all the religious groups surveyed, Muslims and Jews were the least likely to favor a Trump presidential win
Figure 3: Bar graph showing that Muslims are the least likely faith community to vote
Figure 4: Pie graph showing that dissatisfaction with choices and indifference, not theology, were the top reasons for Muslim's low voter turn-out
Figure 5: A bar graph showing that younger Muslims are less likely to vote than their older counterparts
Figure 6: Bar graph showing that Asian Muslims are more likely to vote than White, Black, and Arab Muslims
From Table 2 (Figure 1): Bar graph showing that economy and bigotry continue to top Muslim priorities

Reports

  • The 2016 election was supposed to be a political coming of age for the American Muslim voter. The received wisdom in the months leading up to November was that the nomination of Donald Trump—through a combination of fear and heightened civic duty—would drive record numbers...

  • This is a summary of the key findings of ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads, a poll which offers a timely and groundbreaking look into the American Muslim community. From early on in a deeply divisive presidential election cycle until today, American...

  • American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads offers a timely and groundbreaking look into the American Muslim community. From early on in a deeply divisive presidential election cycle until today, American Muslims have been at the center of heated social and political debates. One byproduct...

  • This second report in ISPU’s “Reimagining Muslim Spaces” series presents a case study of the Muslim Community Association (MCA) located in Santa Clara, California, one of the largest mosques in the United States. Established in 1981, MCA has consistently led efforts to promote civic engagement in the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

Interactive Legislative Map

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