US Muslim voter turnout to increase as Islamophobia rises

More Muslims in US intend to vote in presidential elections as Islamophobia rises

Photo by: Reuters
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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Updated Feb 3, 2016

Seventy-three percent of registered American Muslim voters say they will vote in this year’s presidential primary elections with 67 percent backing Democratic candidates, according to a survey published on Monday.

The survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) indicated that 52 percent of the voters said they would support Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders followed with 22 percent. 

CAIR is the US’ largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation. 

The number of Muslim voters intending to exercise their civic duty is up from 69 percent in a similar poll in 2014 prior to that year’s midterm elections.

"The increase in the number of Muslim voters who say they will go to the polls in their primary elections indicates a high level of civic participation that may be driven at least in part by concern over the rise in Islamophobia nationwide," said CAIR’s Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, in a written statement.

On the other hand, 7 percent of American Muslims voters that said they would vote for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and California, urged a ban on the entry of Muslims to the US.

Following Trump's remarks, an umbrella US Muslim organisation announced plans to register 1 million Muslim voters for the 2016 presidential election.

Almost 2,000 registered Muslim voters participated in the survey in six US states with the highest Muslim populations, including California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Virginia.

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