Pollster Mallory Newall said in an interview that aired Thursday on “What America’s Thinking” that fewer respondents view Muslim Americans as “real Americans,” compared to members of other religions.
The Hill“We have done some research on what it means to be a ‘real American,’ in which we’ve asked an extensive list of everything from where you’re from, your religious affiliation, your race, your partisan identity, and are those groups of people a real American or not?” Newall told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons.
“What we found in our research is that fewer people say that Muslims are real Americans compared to Protestants, Catholics, or even Jews,” she continued.
President Trump has faced backlash for his comments on Muslims, particularly in regard to his travel ban. As a presidential candidate, Trump said that “Islam hates us” and called for a “shutdown” on all Muslims entering the U.S.
Research shows that Muslim Americans have felt less optimistic about the future of the U.S. in the years since Trump took office. (Good. So when are they going to leave?)
A study released by the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding earlier this year found that 27 percent of Muslim Americans were satisfied about the direction the U.S. was headed, down from 41 percent in 2017 and 63 percent in 2016.
Below is a focus group pollster Frank Luntz did with a group of Muslims (including radical sharia-proponent Linda Sarsour) to get their perspectives on the growing anti-Muslim rhetoric in the Republican party and its impact on their lives.
Luntz claimed that he “didn’t push them as much as I normally push a focus group,” no doubt fearing their volatile reaction. For example, Luntz didn’t ask: “Why do you refuse to take responsibility for those who commit crimes in the name of the religion?”