WASHINGTON - The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) recently released their 6th annual “American Muslim Poll 2022,” supported by the Bridge Initiative, which provides a national snapshot of American Muslims (and people of other backgrounds) two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. With the November 2022 midterm elections right around the corner, the ISPU researchers interviewed people on a broad range of topics including ongoing economic struggles, continued racial inequity, gun violence, and an ever-growing partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans.
The American Muslim Poll 2022 report also measures the “Islamophobia Index” annually among several American faith groups and whether a change in presidential administration (from Donald Trump to Joe Biden who appointed the first female Muslim judge in America’s history) changed anything at all. This survey also expanded the areas of study to cover not only “brick and mortar” acts of Islamophobia, but also analyzed social media and online spaces where Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment continues to grow as well.
In terms of religious observance, the 2022 report found that 7-in-10 American Muslims told the researchers that religion is a “very important” part of their life, second only to white Evangelicals (83%). Both Muslim men and women were nearly identical in their respective viewpoints that religion is ‘very important’ to their daily life (71% of Muslim men and 69% of Muslim women) and Muslims of all ages were equally likely to rate religion as ‘very important’ to their daily life, suggesting that devotion to faith will endure into the next generation even for young Muslims.
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