American Muslims are like … Americans
The Gallup Organization conducted surveys of Muslims in more than 140 countries and found that American Muslims think their life is better than in any predominantly Muslim country except Saudi Arabia and better than in almost any Western society except Germany. The measurement was based on asking respondents to evaluate their life situation on a ladder from zero (worst) to 10 (best), with those “thriving” being currently on at least step seven of the ladder and expecting to be on step eight or higher five years from now.
It’s good news for all Americans that Muslims here have a much more positive outlook on life than elsewhere, and that the 41 percent of Muslim-Americans who are thriving is close to the overall American average of 46 percent (only 8 percent of Muslims in the United Kingdom and 23 percent in France are thriving, and 11 percent in Pakistan and 13 percent in Egypt, which does not bode well). MuslimAmericans are, the study found, racially and ideologically diverse (35 percent are black, 28 percent white including Arab, 18 percent Asian), ex- tremely religious, and younger and more highly educated than the typical American.
“In short,” an Associated Press article summarized, “Muslim Americans look more like other Americans in their life outlook than they resemble Muslims in most predominantly Muslim nations.” That is good news for E Pluribus Unum.