The Council on American-Islamic Relations has released the findings of a survey on voting intentions of American Muslims.
It finds 86% of registered Muslim voters intend to go to the polls on November 8.
72% say they will vote to elect Hillary Clinton, while 4% say they will choose Donald Trump.
85% of respondents believe Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. increased in the past year. 30% say they experienced discrimination or profiling in the same period.
At a press conference to reveal the findings, Nihad Awad, CAIR’s co-founder and Executive Director, spoke of a deteriorating social climate for Muslims in the US and the “unprecedented rise of Islamophobia” over the past 12 months. He pointed to the Republican Party – specifically Ben Carson and presidential candidate Donald Trump – as a major catalyst for this rise.
A growing number of Muslims (67%) find themselves politically aligned with the Democratic party. This has been increasing since 2008 when a similar survey was conducted.
62% believe the Republican party is unfriendly towards Muslims.
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