25 percent of American Muslim registered voters
are still undecided about whom to vote in the ensuing presidential
election to be held on November 06, a national Muslim civil rights
and advocacy organization said Wednesday based on a survey
conducted in last ten days.
The new poll, conducted by an independent research firm on behalf
of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),
also indicated that 91 percent of registered Muslim voters would go
to the polls on November 6.
The random survey of 500 registered
Muslim voters, was conducted in the first two weeks of October and
can have a margin of error of five percent.
Throwing their weight behind Obama, sixty-eight percent of the
survey respondents said they would vote to re-elect him as
The survey also found seven percent
as saying that they would vote for
"These results indicate that a large percentage of American Muslim
voters are still open to appeals from presidential candidates and
that American Muslims are potentially in a position to decide this
year's election," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
The survey also found that the top five issues of importance to American Muslim voters
jobs and the economy, education, health care policy, Medicare and
Social Security, and civil rights.
The survey found that
55 percent of Muslim voters consider themselves moderate and 26
percent liberal, while 16 percent consider themselves
The percentage of those who said they are closer to the Democratic
Party grew from 49 percent in a similar poll taken in 2008 to 66
percent today. Affiliation with the Republican Party remained
nearly the same, with a 1 percent increase from 8 percent in 2008
to 9 percent today.
On the attitude of two national
49 percent of respondents said that the Democratic Party was
friendly towards Muslims, while 12 percent said that the
Republican Party was friendly. Conversely, 51 percent of
respondents said that the Republican Party was unfriendly towards
Muslims, while 6 percent said that the Democratic Party was
On civil rights,
35 percent of respondents said that they had experienced religious or
ethnic profiling or discrimination post-9/11. The same percentage
said that they experienced kind treatment by neighbors or co-workers in
On international issues, 68 percent of respondents said
that the U.S.
should provide support to those fighting for freedom in Syria and
76 percent said that the U.S. and NATO made the right decision by
intervening in the Libyan revolution.