More than 50% US citizens have Unfavorable View of Islam: survey

2015-04-13 13:20:48 | Al Muslim News
More than 50% US citizens have Unfavorable View of Islam: survey


More than 50% of US citizens say they have unfavorable views of Islam, and six in 10 either aren't interested or don't know whether they want to learn more about the faith, according to a new survey.
American youth are the most likely to have positive views on Islam, be interested in learning about the faith and have Muslim friends, Huffington post reported.
Overall, 55 %of Americans had either a somewhat or very unfavorable view of Islam, while one in four said they were not sure how they viewed the religion. Only 7 %said they had a very favorable view of the religion, and 14% said they saw it somewhat favorably.
While a majority had negative views, few seemed to base those judgments on knowledge through media or on relationships with Muslims. Just 13% told that they “understand the Islamic religion†either extremely well or very well. 30% said they know the faith “moderately well.†Meanwhile, 16% of Americans said they work with Muslims and nearly 1/4th said they have a friend who is Muslim.
The survey, conducted in March 2015 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a simple Questionnaire from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population, also asked if Americans had ever been to a mosque, and if people would be interested in learning more about the faith.
One in 10 said they had been to a mosque, and 39% said they would be interested in learning more about Islam. A higher share, 44%, said they would not want to learn more, and 17% said they were uncertain.
When broken down by age and political affiliation, American youth and Democrats were more likely to feel goodwill toward Islam and to want to learn about it. Democrats were 16 percentage points more likely than Republicans to hold favorable views, and 13 points more likely to say they would be interested in learning more.
Participants under 29 were more likely to have Muslim friends, and were 20 points more likely than any other age group to say they would want to learn more about Islam.


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