POLL OF AMERICANS: MUSLIMS FACE MUCH DISCRIMINATION
Eighty-two percent of the American public says that Muslims in the United States face discrimination, with a majority saying that they face “a lot” of it, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
Pew conducted its survey of 1,502 adults from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5, a few weeks after the election of Donald Trump, whom civil rights groups have repeatedly criticized for making inflammatory statements about minority groups, particularly Muslims. During his campaign, Trump called for a ban on Muslim immigrants and a database to register Muslims.
Pew surveys show Americans have, for years, ranked Muslims as the group that faces the most discrimination, followed by gays and lesbians. But numbers released Thursday show a growing number of Americans say Muslims, African Americans, Hispanics and women face “a lot” of discrimination. And a majority (57 percent) say Muslims face “a lot” of it — a seven-point jump from three years ago when Pew last asked the question.
The survey results also showed that Democrats and Democraticleaning independents (89 percent) are more likely than Republicans and Republican leaners (73 percent) to say that there is discrimination against Muslims.