Poll Spot

U.S. Attitudes towards Muslims Living in the U.S.

Sponsor: Gallup/USA Today
Released: 2006-08

Substantial minorities of Americans admit to having negative feelings or prejudices against people of the Muslim faith, and favor using heightened security measures with Muslims as a way to help prevent terrorism. Personally knowing someone who is Muslim — which 41% of Americans say they do — corresponds with more favorable attitudes on these questions.

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Poll on Views of Religion

Sponsor: CBS News
Released: 2006-04

Although Americans believe they are better informed about Islam than they were five years ago, fewer than one in five say their impression of the religion is favorable. Forty-five percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Islam, a rise from 36 percent in February. And the public’s impression of Islam has diminished […]

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Views of Islam

Sponsor: ABC News/Washington Post
Released: 2006-03

Nearly six in 10 Americans think Islam is prone to violent extremism, nearly half regard it unfavorably, and one in four admits to prejudicial feelings against Muslims and Arabs alike.

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Opinions on Mohammed Cartoon Controversy

Sponsor: USA Today/CNN/Gallup
Released: 2006-02

61% of American respondents felt the publisher of the European newspapers who printed inflammatory cartoons about Mohammad (founder of Islam) acted irresponsibly. 61% also thought that the controversy stemmed from Muslim intolerance.

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President Bush, Ports, and Iraq

Sponsor: CBS News
Released: 2006-02

56% of respondents thought the violent protests by Muslims in reaction to Danish cartoons were unjustified and a plurality of respondents (41%) were unsure of whether the Danish newspaper was justified in printing the cartoon.

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