American Muslim Poll 2020

Amid Pandemic and Protest

This year’s American Muslim Poll, released shortly before a critical election, was meant to be historic. But when we began planning for its release, we could not have imagined just how historic. Our fielding period was March 17 to April 22, the first four weeks of a country-wide shutdown in the wake of spiking cases of COVID-19.

For the third year, we track the National American Islamophobia Index, measuring how much the public endorses anti-Muslim tropes. New this year: our researchers track five years of American Muslim civic engagement trends, examine the level of support for faith activists to form coalitions with social and political groups, and present new research on institutionalized versus interpersonal discrimination.

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A Half-Decade of Polling

American Muslim Poll 2020: Amid Pandemic and Protest is the fifth such survey of its kind from ISPU, which provides a rare opportunity to compare trend data over several years. For five years, between 2016 and 2020, this publication has captured an annual snapshot of American Muslim experiences in all their diversity, as well as tracked trends over time. When ISPU began conducting this poll in 2016, we knew it was critical that the survey not just poll Americans who are Muslim, but Americans of other faiths and no faith as well. This allows readers to understand American Muslims’ perspective within the context of their nation’s faith landscape, not as an isolated specimen.

These publications provides researchers, policymakers, and the public insights and analysis into the attitudes and policy preferences of American Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, white Evangelicals, the non-affiliated, and the general public. Over the last half-decade, these studies have served both to educate the wider society on their Muslim neighbors and to inform Muslims themselves about their strengths and struggles.

Report & Key Findings

  • This year’s American Muslim Poll, the fifth annual survey of its kind, released shortly before a critical election, was meant to be historic. But when we began planning for its release, we could not have imagined just how historic. Our fielding period was March 17...

  • This is a summary of the major findings of ISPU’s fifth annual poll showcasing American Muslim perspectives within the context of their nation’s faith landscape. Fielded during a national lockdown due to COVID-19, American Muslim Poll 2020: Amid Pandemic and Protest provides researchers, policymakers, and...

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Secondary Analyses

Did You Know?

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WEBINAR SERIES

American Muslim Poll 2020

Watch these webinars for scholarly and expert analysis of our survey results.

October 1 @ 3 p.m. EDT – Civic Engagement

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October 8 @ 3 p.m. EDT – Islamophobia

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October 15 @ 3 p.m. EDT – Political Coalition Building

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October 22 @ 3 p.m. EDT – Discrimination and Bullying

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Infographics

Infographics

Dive into the Data

Click here to download all 29 graphs and figures from our 2020 survey.

PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL + CANDIDATE PREFERENCE

MUSLIM VOTING TRENDS

POLITICAL ACTIVITY

POLICY PRIORITIES

DIVORCE

DISCRIMINATION + BULLYING

POLITICAL COALITION BUILDING

ISLAMOPHOBIA INDEX

Dive into the Data

Click here to download all 29 graphs and figures from our 2020 survey.

Videos

From civic engagement, to Islamophobia, to forming political coalitions, there’s a lot of data to deep-dive in ISPU’s 2020 American Muslim Poll. This series of webinars covers the major topics from the poll, presented alongside discussion with panels of experts.

Over the last five years, ISPU has conducted groundbreaking surveys of Americans who are Muslim. In this short video, we share five trends we’ve discovered from our five years of American Muslim Polls.

In the News

In the News

Meet the Research Team

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Report Co-Author

Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Erum Ikramullah

Erum Ikramullah

Report Co-Author

Research Project Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Youssef Chouhoud

Dr. Youssef Chouhoud

Data Analyst, ISPU Fellow & Advisor

Assistant Professor at Christopher Newport University

Rida Sarwar

Rida Sarwar

Research Intern, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Katherine Coplen

Katherine Coplen

Director of Communications, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Katie Grimes

Katie Grimes

Communication & Creative Media Specialist, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Meet the Study Advisors

Karam Dana

Karam Dana

PhD, Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington

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

John Esposito

John Esposito

PhD, Temple University

Professor of Religion, International Affairs, and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service

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

Sahar Khamis

Sahar Khamis

PhD, Mass Media and Cultural Studies, University of Manchester

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Maryland College Park

Expert in Arab and Muslim Media

Nazita Lajevardi

Nazita Lajevardi

PhD, University of California, San Diego; JD, University of San Francisco

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Kameelah Rashad

Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Chestnut Hill College

Founder and President, Muslim Wellness Foundation

Interfaith Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness & Social Justice, University of Pennsylvania

Meet the Research Team

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Report Co-Author

Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Erum Ikramullah

Erum Ikramullah

Report Co-Author

Research Project Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Youssef Chouhoud

Youssef Chouhoud

Data Analyst, ISPU Fellow & Advisor

Assistant Professor at Christopher Newport University

Rida Sarwar

Rida Sarwar

Research Intern, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Katherine Coplen

Katherine Coplen

Director of Communications, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Katie Grimes

Katie Grimes

Communication & Creative Media Specialist, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Meet the Study Advisors

Karam Dana

Karam Dana

PhD, Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington

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

John Esposito

John Esposito

PhD, Temple University

Professor of Religion, International Affairs, and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service

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

Sahar Khamis

Sahar Khamis

PhD, Mass Media and Cultural Studies, University of Manchester

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Maryland College Park

Expert in Arab and Muslim Media

Nazita Lajevardi

Nazita Lajevardi

PhD, University of California, San Diego; JD University of San Francisco

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Kameelah Rashad

Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Chestnut Hill College

Founder and President, Muslim Wellness Foundation

Interfaith Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness & Social Justice, University of Pennsylvania

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