US Muslims view Trump as unfriendly: Poll

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Muslims view President Trump as unfriendly to them, a new survey finds.

Seventy-four percent of Muslims in the Pew Research Center survey released early Wednesday say Trump is unfriendly to them, compared to 12 percent who disagree.

Nearly half of Muslims also say they have faced discrimination in the last year, including being treated with distrust, threatened or called offensive names.

The percentage is higher for respondents who said they were more visibly identified as Muslim, like women who wore a head covering, or hijab. Sixty-four percent of those respondents said they had recently faced some kind of discrimination.

Muslims remain optimistic about their future, however, with 70 percent believing that hard work can bring success in the U.S. Eighty-nine percent said they were proud to be both Muslim and American and nearly two-thirds said there’s no conflict between Islam and democracy.

Muslims overwhelmingly backed then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who drew 78 percent of their vote, in the 2016 presidential election. Trump only drew 8 percent of their vote.

Trump promised to fight terrorism through “extreme vetting” of refugees and parts of Trump’s travel ban finally went into effect earlier this month after being bogged down by legal challenges for months.

The Supreme Court decided to allow the executive order to take effect for all refugees and travelers from six majority-Muslim countries who do not have a close connection to a person or entity in the United States.

The new poll of 1,001 adults, conducted between January 23 and May 2, has a margin of error of 5.8 percentage points.

The Pew survey is its third on American Muslims since 2007 and its first since Trump took office in January.




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