Report: Nearly Half Of Surveyed US Citizens Feel Islamic Values Are Incompatible With American Values


A new study done by the Brookings Institute finds a post-9/11 America “grappling with the questions Islam poses to America’s founding principles and way of life,” and shows a nation seemingly glued to their televisions.

According to their report, 88 percent of Americans agree that “America was founded on the idea of religious freedom for everyone, including religious groups that are unpopular.” Nearly half — 47 percent — of those asked, however, said that they feel Islam and American values are incompatible.

More specifically, “two-thirds of Republicans, Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement, and Americans who most trust Fox News agree that the values of Islam are at odds with American values.”  That the majority of Democrats, Independents, and CNN or public televisions watchers disagree probably comes as no surprise.

Additionally, nearly six in ten Republicans who most trust Fox News believe that American Muslims are trying to establish Shari’a law in the U.S., while, accordingly, the attitudes of Republicans who most trust other news sources tend to be similar to the general population.

In it’s disaggregation, this study most interestingly indicates that Americans tend to adhere as closely to their favored news source as they do their chosen political party. It also indicates that these two institutions may hold sway in the way we understand. Tucked away in the study is a clause that suggests many Americans don’t necessarily have daily interactions with the diverse populations they are faced with on the news (only 16 percent of senior citizens, for example, reported speaking “at least occasionally” to Muslims). Which makes you wonder how, exactly, Americans intend to cope with the challenges diversity poses to our principles of religious freedom. From the sounds of it, most will just turn on the news.


(H/T ThinkProgress)

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