69% of U.S. Muslims voted for Joe Biden

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A poll has indicated that 84% of American Muslims voted in Tuesday’s presidential election with 69% favouring Joe Biden.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) polled 844 registered Muslim voter households and reported that only 17% opted for President Donald Trump.

This was a 4% increase compared to the 2016 election, in which then President-elect Trump received 13 percent of the Muslim vote.

Meanwhile, only 3% voted for a different candidate.

“CAIR would like to thank the more than one million American Muslim voters who turned out in record-breaking numbers this election cycle,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

“The Muslim community’s significant ability to impact the results of numerous races across this country – including the presidential election – was recognised nationally by candidates and the media.”

CAIR Director of Government Affairs, Robert S. McCaw, added: “Muslims vote and there is no denying the role our community plays in local, state and national politics. Now is the time to hold the politicians we elected to office accountable to ensure that the civil and religious rights of all American are being upheld and protected.”

The Muslim population of the USA makes up 1.1% of the total population and they are one of the most ethnically and racially diverse groups.

Earlier this year American Muslim organisations released a poll which revealed that civil rights, healthcare and education were the most pressing priorities for U.S Muslims ahead of the presidential elections.

In the key battleground states of Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, the issues of civil rights, healthcare, immigration and education proved to be the biggest issue areas of concern for Muslims.

And more than 60% of Muslim respondents said they would like to see policy changes to the Muslim Ban, which allows vast immigration restrictions for travellers from several Muslim-majority countries.

The knife-edge U.S. presidential race has tilted toward Democrat Joe Biden with wins in Michigan and Wisconsin bringing him close to a majority. But President Donald Trump has claimed he is being cheated and went to court to try and stop vote counting.

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