Washington: Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to clinch the majority of Muslim votes in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to a new survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization released the results of the nationwide survey of Muslim voters on the upcoming presidential election indicating a likely high turnout of Muslims at the polls on November 8.
According to the survey, more than 70 percent American Muslims say they will vote for Hillary, expressing concern about issues such as civil rights, education, economy, proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., and national security.
“The survey shows that American Muslims are both worried and hopeful. They are worried that Islamophobia is becoming violent and acceptable with no push back by our nation’s leaders, and hopeful that their high turnout - with more than one million votes - will swing the election and make their voices heard,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
“Our survey results indicate that presidential candidates still have time to appeal to American Muslim voters by addressing issues such as the erosion of civil rights and growing Islamophobia,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
The independent live telephone survey of more than 800 Muslim voters was conducted after the first presidential debate (9/7 to 10/5) and looks at how many Muslims plan to turn out at the polls, whom they plan to vote for in the presidential election and what issues they believe are important in determining who to vote for. CAIR’s survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
CAIR’s survey is just one part of the ongoing effort by the Washington-based civil rights organization to mobilize American Muslim voters.