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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.

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