Amer­i­can Mus­lims are like … Amer­i­cans

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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.

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