Elections Toolkit

Resources for Political Engagement Organizers

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.

Elections Toolkit

Resources for Political Engagement Organizers

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.

Videos

Presentations

American Muslim Poll – The Graphs

DATA FROM 2016

Click here to download all 14 graphs from 2016.

DATA FROM 2017

Click here to download all 42 graphs from 2017.

DATA FROM 2018

Click here to download all 34 graphs from 2018.

DATA FROM 2019

Click here to download all 24 graphs from 2019.

Infographics

Local Political Participation Powerful Predictor of Muslim Civic Engagement Infographic
Four Data-Driven Ways to Increase Muslim Political Impact Infographic
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.
Who Are American Muslims infographic
Legislation Restricting Rights Hurts All Americans infographic
Infographic showing 4 data-driven ideas for those working to increase Muslim political impact

Infographics

Local Political Participation Powerful Predictor of Muslim Civic Engagement Infographic
Four Data-Driven Ways to Increase Muslim Political Impact Infographic
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.
Who Are American Muslims infographic
Legislation Restricting Rights Hurts All Americans infographic
Infographic showing 4 data-driven ideas for those working to increase Muslim political impact

Interactive Legislative Map

Click the graphic to view the data visualization interactive map.

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

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...

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