Americans say Muslims face most intolerance in US

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Umar Farooq</p> <p>WASHINGTON (AA) – Eight in ten Americans believe Muslims face more discrimination than any other group in the U.S., according to a poll by the Pew Research Center.</p> <p>Eighty-two percent of respondents said Muslims face discrimination. Eighty percent of those surveyed said blacks faced some discrimination.</p> <p>Pew released the figures Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a video that attacked Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota. </p> <p>The video was of a speech delivered by Omar in which she discussed how Muslim Americans came to be seen as second-class citizens after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The president's tweet mixed in footage from the attacks with parts of the speech.</p> <p>Omar is one of the first Muslim lawmakers to be elected to Congress, alongside Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, and has faced a flurry of attacks since she began in office this year.</p> <p>The Muslim congresswoman said she has faced more death threats since the president posted the tweet, sparking criticism that Trump is condoning harmful attacks against the country's own elected officials.</p> <p>The survey was conducted prior to the president's tweet.</p> <p>Ninety-two percent of Democrats said there is discrimination against Muslims in America, with 75% saying there is a lot of discrimination, according to the poll. While less Republican respondents said the same, 69%, a large majority, agreed.</p> <p>The percentage of people that think Jews face &quot;a lot&quot; of discrimination nearly doubled since 2016, rising from 13% to 24%, with 64% of respondents saying there is some discrimination against the group, according to Pew.</p> <p>Race played a large factor in predicting how much discrimination a respondent thought was happening. Seventy-three percent of black respondents said there is &quot;a lot&quot; of discrimination against blacks and 63% of Hispanics said the same about discrimination against Hispanics.</p> <p>However, among whites, it was partisanship that was the biggest factor in deciding how they answered.</p> <p>Among white Democrats and Democrat-leaning respondents, around two-thirds said there is discrimination against blacks, while only 16% of white Republicans and Republican-leaning respondents said the same.</p> <p>The survey was conducted between March 20 and 25 and surveyed 1,503 adults.