American Muslims prefer Obama, says poll

In a previous blog on September 16, I had written that the US presidential polls were a good time to predict how an average Muslim in a Casa Blanca kasba or in an Iranian bread shop will be doing in the next four years or so.

A leading American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization has released findings of a survey that suggests a majority of registered American Muslim voters preferred to re-elect President Barack Obama. Click here CAIR

The Republicans, as I had said, tend to charge up hardliners in Israel and also within US, who push back the doves. The Republicans are generally tough on the Muslim world, and much less religiously tolerant.

Therefore, Muslims will nearly always prefer Democrats, and Obama more so.

Sixty-eight per cent of the respondents said they would vote President Obama, while seven per cent said they would vote Mitt Romney, while 25 per cent of American Muslim registered voters were still undecided about who to vote.

The new poll, conducted by an independent research firm on behalf of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), also indicates that 91 per cent of registered Muslim voters will vote on November 6.

The survey of 500 registered Muslim voters, conducted in the first two weeks of October, has an error margin of five per cent.

The top five issues of importance to American Muslim voters, released as part of the survey’s findings, are jobs and the economy, education, health care policy, Medicare and Social Security, and civil rights.

Among the findings, 55 per cent of Muslim voters said they considered themselves moderate and 26 per cent liberal, while 16 per cent considered themselves conservatives.

Moreover, 70 per cent of Muslim respondents say they have a four-year or graduate degree, compared to 34 per cent college attendance for the entire population.

Romney has talked tough on China and Russia without realizing that this is a changed world, where working closely with these adversaries is critical for the new Arab world and a belligerent Iran. Obama is good not just for Muslims but also for America a whole for a simple reason: he hasn’t, in the course of a challenging first term, unnecessarily rocked the boat.

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  • Jake

    Why not anymore update?


  • abhi

    ho ho ho….tells a lot about the candidate who is supported by muslims……for sure obama is a low grade president and bad deal for america


  • suraj

    Muslim votes do not matter in US elections. Muslims are the most communal people on earth.


  • singhisking

    True…because both r useless!!


  • Faulitics

    Zia seems to be encouraging block voting and block thinking on communal basis even in the US among Muslims living there. Muslim voters don’t matter in the US. That’s the reason many candidates openly criticize Islamist ideology because they do not fear any electoral consequences because of backlash from muslim voting block. This may change in the future but not anytime soon. But that’s not the case in UK where all the local white politicians stay silent on the Islamist ideology practiced by many Muslims especially Pakistanis there.


  • vijay kumar

    I wish Zia had written an article on how ALL minorities ranked the two Presidential candidates.

    To talk about only Muslims would be to promote a mindset which has kept them behind in India. The next logical step in this sort of argument wold be to talk about which candidate would support a separate personal law.


  • Plumbline

    John 3:16-18……

    16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
    18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son……….


  • engrich