Religious Perceptions in America: With an In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Attitudes Toward Muslims and Islam
Of the faiths Gallup asked Americans about, Islam elicits the most negative views. A slight majority of Americans (53%) say their opinion of the faith is either “not too favorable” (22%) or “not favorable at all” (31%). When asked about their level of knowledge about Islam, many Americans tell Gallup they have either “very little knowledge” (40%) or “none at all” (23%). The study also reveals that Americans view Islam more negatively than they view Muslims.
The study also explores what Americans think most Muslims around the world believe. Majorities of Americans disagree with the statements that most Muslims are accepting of other religions (66%) and that Christians’ and Muslims’ religious beliefs are basically the same (68%). While a majority of Americans (70%) agree that most Muslims want peace, more than one in four (27%) disagree. Additionally, 81% of the American public disagrees with the statement that most Muslims believe women and men should have equal rights, and 47% disagree with the statement that most Muslims around the world are accepting of others from different races.