Washington (July 27, 2017): The early days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been an anxious time for many Muslim Americans, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Overall, Muslims in the United States perceive a lot of discrimination against their religious group, are leery of Trump and think their fellow Americans do not see Islam as part of mainstream U.S. society.
A new survey has found that U.S. Muslims have reported support from individual Americans, but view Trump as unfriendly to them. U.S. Muslims say they have experienced widespread suspicion about their faith in the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, but also have received more support from individual Americans, and remain hopeful they can eventually be fully accepted in American society, a new survey finds.
Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Muslims view Trump as unfriendly to them, according to a Pew Research Center report released Wednesday. Sixty-two per cent say Americans do not view Islam as part of the mainstream after a presidential election that saw a surge in hostility toward Muslims and immigrants.
The survey also found a disturbingly high level of distrust Americans felt for Muslims — though a majority (54%) of them said there was little or no support for extremism among Muslim Americans, 46% felt there was between “fair amount” and “great deal” of support for extremism in the community, something that could explain the harsh scrutiny Muslims here have felt after every terrorist attack.
The Pew Research Center estimates that there are 3.35 million Muslims of all ages living in the US – up from about 2.75 million in 2011 and 2.35 million in 2007.
Nearly two-thirds of Muslim Americans surveyed said they were dissatisfied with the direction in which the US was heading, and 74 percent said Trump was unfriendly towards Americans.
The report’s findings mark a stark reversal since 2011, when Democrat Barack Obama was president. Then, most Muslims thought the country was heading in the right direction and viewed the president as friendly toward them.
Eight in 10 American Muslims said they were concerned about Islamic extremism, and more than 70 per cent said they were very or somewhat concerned about Islamic extremism in the U.S. However, three of 10 said that most of those arrested recently on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack had been tricked by law enforcement authorities and did not represent a real threat.