Americans' Surprising Take on Islam
A new poll shows that Americans have not turned anti-Islam
BY: Steven Waldman and Deborah Caldwell
This would seem to be a bleak time for Muslims in America. They've been targeted for police questioning, singled out on airplanes, seen mosques vandalized and heard popular religious figures such as Franklin Graham describe Islam as "evil." Not surprisingly, surveys show that Muslims believe other Americans don't like them.
|Americans' View of Islam|
But a new ABC News/Beliefnet poll points to a different reality. Despite the fact that America is at war with a terrorist who regularly invokes Islam to justify mass murder, Americans have a surprisingly positive view of the religion:
These positive impressions persist, even though 61% say they know little about the religion.