AMERICAN MUSLIM POLL 2017

Muslims at the Crossroads

Returning for its second year, ISPU’s American Muslim Poll surveys Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and those that consider themselves non-affiliated to compare attitudes, policy preferences, and demographics across religious groups. 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 of this increased salience is an uptick in negatively charged rhetoric and discriminatory acts. There has also been an outpouring of support and solidarity aimed not just at Muslims already in the United States, but also toward those who yearn to make America their home. Common across all of these discourses, actions, and reactions, however, is the frequent relegation of Muslims to subjects of consideration. Rarely are Muslims active participants in political dialogue, and even rarer are their attitudes and behaviors systematically examined. American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads helps narrow this wide knowledge gap.

A Muslim woman in a blue hijab raises her fist in the air at a rally
Courtesy of Samantha Madar / MLive / Advance with credits

Among other topics, this survey examines American Muslim political engagement, race relations, domestic violence, bullying, discrimination, and positive and negative fallout from the 2016 election. This analysis of the 2017 poll data is designed to help public officials, civil society stakeholders, and other interested parties gain a multi-dimensional understanding of the American Muslim community.

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Report & Key Findings

  • 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 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...

Videos

When you hear “Muslim women,” what do you think of? Here’s what the data from ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2017 says.

ISPU Director of Research Dalia Mogahed presents key findings from American Muslim Poll 2017 at the Newseum. This summary is followed by a discussion with moderator Mehdi Hasan and panelists Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Dr. Zainab Chaudry, Walter Ruby, and Dr. Susan Sherr.

Infographics

Dive into the Data

Click here to download all 42 graphs from 2017. Click here to download all 14 graphs from 2016.

Muslims are the most ethnically diverse and youngest faith community surveyed.

Muslims face similar social challenges as other American faith groups.

Muslims are less politically engaged, but equally invested in the country’s welfare.

Muslims disproportionately feel the negative effect of the current political climate.

Muslims respond to prejudice with resilience and solidarity.

Muslim women defy stereotypes, suffer, and resist the most.

Dive into the Data

Click here to download all 42 graphs from 2017. Click here to download all 14 graphs from 2016.

In the News

Meet the Research Team

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Michael Lance

Michael Lance

Data Analyst

PhD, Education Evaluation and Research

Youssef Chouhoud

Youssef Chouhoud

Report Co-Author

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Christopher Newport University

Sarrah Buageila

Sarrah Buageila

Project Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Maryam Jamali

Maryam Jamali

Research Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Meet the Study Advisors

Karam Dana

Karam Dana

PhD Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington

Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

David Dutwin

David Dutwin

Executive Vice President and Chief Methodologist, SSRS

2016 Conference Chair, AAPOR Executive Council

Research Scholar, Institute for Jewish and Community Research

Rachel Gillum

Rachel M. Gillum

PhD Political Science, Stanford University

Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

Fellow, Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies

Amaney Jamal

Amaney Jamal

PhD, Political Science, University of Michigan

Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Director, Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice

Director, Workshop on Arab Political Development

President, Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS)

Meet the Research Team

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Michael Lance

Michael Lance

Data Analyst

PhD, Education Evaluation and Research

Youssef Chouhoud

Youssef Chouhoud

Report Co-Author

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Christopher Newport University

Sarrah Buageila

Sarrah Buageila

Project Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Maryam Jamali

Maryam Jamali

Research Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Meet the Study Advisors

Karam Dana

Karam Dana

PhD Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington

Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

David Dutwin

David Dutwin

Executive Vice President and Chief Methodologist, SSRS

2016 Conference Chair, AAPOR Executive Council

Research Scholar, Institute for Jewish and Community Research

Rachel Gillum

Rachel M. Gillum

PhD Political Science, Stanford University

Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

Fellow, Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies

Amaney Jamal

Amaney Jamal

PhD, Political Science, University of Michigan

Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Director, Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice

Director, Workshop on Arab Political Development

President, Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS)

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