Negative biases toward U.S. Muslims, Islam have become more partisan
In the 20 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Republicans — far more than Democrats — have increasingly come to view Islam as more likely than other religions to encourage violence among believers, according to surveys by Pew Research Center.
Why it matters: Muslims have continued to face bias and discrimination in the U.S. two decades after 9/11, and those negative biases have become increasingly partisan.
By the numbers: As of last month, seven in 10 Republicans associated Islam with violence. While only about one-third of Democrats thought the same way, they are still more likely to think of Islam as encouraging violence than in early 2002.
- There are other signs of a partisan gap in views toward Islam after 9/11.
- While 68% of Republicans said the religion was not a part of the American mainstream in a 2017 Pew survey, only 37% of Democrats agreed. More than half of Republicans believed there was extremism among Muslims in the U.S., compared to less than a quarter of Democrats.
- About half of Muslim Americans said they experienced discriminatory actions in a 2017 Pew poll — up from 40% a decade before.