American Muslim Poll 2017

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...

Supplementary Documents

American Muslim Women by the Numbers

Poll Launch Recording

CLICK HERE TO VIEW LAST YEAR’S FINDINGS FROM AMERICAN MUSLIM POLL 2016.

Graphs

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.

Graphs

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

Why This Report?

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. Conversely, there has also been an outpouring of support and solidarity (particularly following the election of Donald Trump) 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. The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads helps narrow this wide knowledge gap.

In line with ISPU’s core mission, 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. We do this in three ways. First, we provide key demographic figures that complement the sparse data on American Muslims. These include tallies of age, race/ethnicity, education, income, and sexual orientation. Second, moving beyond these raw numbers, we elaborate relationships of interest between key variables. These preliminary observations on, for example, education by gender and discrimination by race/ethnicity, will make for more informed contemporary conversations and future research. Third, we compare American Muslim responses with those of other major American faith (and nonfaith) groups, including American Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and non-affiliated Americans (religious communities such as Hindus, Buddhists, and others outside the four largest are too small a percentage of the general public to include in our analysis). Such a cross-group analysis is truly exceptional because few surveys exist that simultaneously gather meaningful data on this mix of populations. This comparison thus provides an empirical foundation for discussions on Muslim “exceptionalism.”

The report is organized into four sections corresponding to different levels of analysis. Starting with the broadest view, the first section is dedicated to issues of intercommunal relations and American Muslim political engagement. Thereafter, we examine intracommunal issues, focusing on race relations and institutional engagement. Next, we turn to the family, presenting statistics on domestic violence and bullying. Finally, we elaborate individual-level experience, highlighting positive and negative fallout from the election.

I refer to ISPU's American Muslim poll when I give public talks on Islamophobia. It helps to nuance the picture of American Muslims and to challenge unfair stereotypes concerning Islam's compatibility with the U.S. Keep up the outstanding work!

– Todd Green, Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College

Meet the Research Team

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

PhD Candidate and Provost’s Fellow at University of Southern California’s Political Science and International Relations Program

Maryam Jamali

Maryam Jamali

Research Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Sarrah Buageila

Sarrah Buageila

Project Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Stephen McGrath

Stephen McGrath

Communications Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Meet the Study Advisors

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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