Gallup Poll Finds Muslim Americans Exemplify Diversity
March 24, 2009
A recent poll conducted by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies has uncovered significant data on the status of Muslims in America. Click HERE to view their latest report.
Research shows that, contrary to common misperception, American Muslim women are more likely to have a college education and post graduate degree than American Muslim men. Compared to other religious groups, the incomes of Muslim-American men and women are more close to being equal. The poll also found that Muslim women in America attend mosques as frequently as men.
Politically, Muslims span the entire ideological spectrum from liberal to conservative, with about 4 in 10 considering themselves moderates. The American Muslim community is also ethnically diverse and is the only religious community without a majority race.
American Muslims were found to be generally religious, with 80% reporting that religion is an important part of their daily lives, as compared to 65% of all Americans. This rate is only surpassed by Mormons, who are at 85%.
Researchers assert that Muslims are "thriving" more in America than in most predominately Muslim countries across the globe. Polls reveal that 41% of American Muslims say that they are successful, which surpasses the percentage of "thriving" Muslims in all other countries except Saudi Arabia and Germany.
Although Muslims are living better in the U.S. as compared to other countries, most American Muslims are not content. According to researchers, there are signs of social alienation. Muslims register to vote and volunteer their time at a lower rate than adherents of other faiths.
Another explanation for discontentment could be that a large percentage of Muslims in America are African-Americans (35 percent) who generally report lower levels of income, education, and employment as compared to other Americans.
There is, however, a great deal of socioeconomic diversity within the community. Asian American Muslims were found to have better incomes, higher levels of education, and enjoy a higher quality of life than all other Americans with the exception of Jewish Americans.
The Gallup study, the first to observe a randomly selected sample of American Muslims, interviewed more than 300,000 people by telephone in 2008 while performing extensive polls and closely examining 946 individuals who identified themselves as Muslim.