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Reactions to the War on Terrorism: Ethnic Group Differences in the 2007 Pew Poll of American Muslims-Final Report


Reactions to the War on Terrorism: Ethnic Group Differences in the 2007 Pew Poll of American Muslims-Final Report

Abstract: 

This study explores opinions relating to the war on terrorism for seven groups of participants in
the 2007 Pew poll of U.S Muslims: African-American Muslims (self-identified as “Black” and born
in the U.S. of U.S.-born parents) and Muslims born in Pakistan, Iran, Arab countries, South Asian
countries excluding Pakistan, European countries, and sub-Saharan African countries. For all
seven groups, half or more of participants did not believe the U.S. war on terrorism is sincere but
less than ten percent had favorable opinions of Al Qaeda and only a few percent justified suicide
bombing in defense of Islam. Within these general similarities two groups stood out. Iran-born
Muslims were on average less religious than other groups but their opinions about the war on
terrorism were strongly related to individual differences in religiosity, perceptions of
discrimination, and opposition to government and government policies. African-American Muslims
were more negative than other groups about the war on terrorism but their opinions were
unrelated to these same individual differences. Discussion suggests that these results are the
beginning of a more differentiated view of U.S. Muslims.

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McCauley,Clark, and Sarah Scheckter. 2010. "Reactions to the War on Terrorism: Ethnic Group Differences in the 2007 Pew Poll of American Muslims." October: https://www.start.umd.edu/sites/default/files/publications/local_attachments/Surveys%20-%20Ethnic%20Group%20Comparisons%20Final%20Report.pdf

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Clark McCauley
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