Muslims Overwhelmingly Favor Kerry

Washington, DC: According to the results of a post-debate poll, 80 percent of likely American Muslim voters say they plan to vote for Sen. John Kerry on November 2.

The poll, conducted by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) following the third presidential debate, also indicates that 11 percent of Muslim voters favor Ralph Nader and just two percent say they will vote to re-elect President Bush. Only four percent of the Muslim voters said they are still undecided.

Thirty-three percent of poll respondents said the Democratic Party most closely reflected their views, followed by the Green Party at 20 percent and the Republican Party at 13 percent. One-quarter of Muslim respondents said they were not sure which party reflected their views.

When asked to list the most important issue they used to determine a presidential choice, the issues mentioned most often by respondents were related to civil rights and foreign policy.

Muslims from 43 states responded to the survey, with the most responses coming from California (17 percent), Texas (8 percent), Virginia (7 percent), Michigan (6 percent), Illinois (6 percent), Maryland (5 percent), New York (5 percent), Ohio (4 percent), Florida (4 percent), New Jersey (4 percent), and Pennsylvania (3 percent).

Muslims may be swing voters in politically-important states such as Ohio and Florida. CAIR is opening “Get Out the Muslim Vote” election centers this weekend in Ohio.

Poll results are based on responses from 857 American Muslims who say they will vote in the November 2 election. A total of 973 people responded to the CAIR survey. Surveys were faxed and e-mailed to Muslim individuals and organizations nationwide.

Meanwhile, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections Political Action Committee (AMT-PAC) has called on Muslims to cast their votes for Sen. John Kerry.

SEE: “Muslim Coalition Offers Qualified Kerry Endorsement”


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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