May 28, 2008

Discrimination Most Important Problem Facing U.S. Muslims

19%

Cited by 19% of Muslim Americans, prejudice and discrimination lead the list of the biggest problems that U.S. Muslims say they face, followed by being viewed as terrorists, ignorance about Islam and negative stereotyping.

Prejudice and discrimiation lead the list of the biggest problems that American Muslims say they face, being cited by 19% in a major Pew survey; at the same time, other problems that typically rank among the public’s top worries barely make the list of Muslim concerns. For example, just 2% volunteer economic and job worries. Beyond discrimination (19%), Muslim Americans say that their most important problems are being viewed as terrorists (15%), ignorance about Islam (14%), and stereotyping (12%). Significantly, an overwhelming majority of Muslims named at least one of these problems as a top concern for U.S. Muslims. Read More