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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