American Muslim Poll 2017, with comparisons to American Jews, Catholics and Protestants

Sponsor(s): Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Principal Investigator(s): Dalia Mogahed, Youssef Chouhoud

Study Dates: January 4, 2017 - January 23, 2017

Key Findings:

The American Muslim Poll 2017 was sponsored by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, with Dalia Mogahed, ISPU's Director of Research as lead author. 

The full report (16 pages): American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads, focused on the opinions of Muslims and Jews regarding the 2016 presidential election, the most important issues facing the country, religious discrimination, and domestic violence - and placed these opinions in the context of American Catholics, Protestants and those who do not identify with any religious grouping.

Among the major findings:

♦ Bullying is a major problem for Muslim school children.  "More than two in five (42%) Muslims with children in K–12 school report bullying of their children because of their faith, compared with 23% of Jews, 20% of Protestants, and 6% of Catholics."

♦ Fear for personal safety/white supremacist groups:  "Muslims (38%) and Jews (27%) are most likely to express fear for their personal safety or that of their family from white supremacist groups as a result of the 2016 elections. This compares with 16% of people not affiliated with a faith, 11% of Protestants, and 8% of Catholics."

♦ Border crossing issues (January, 2017 with the vast majority of interviews completed before the inauguration of President Trump): "Muslims are more than twice as likely (30%) as Jews (13%), Catholics, and Protestants (11%) to be stopped at the border for additional screening. Most Muslims (67%) stopped at a U.S. border say they were easily identified as a member of their faith group, compared with 32% of Jews and none in other groups.

♦ Religious-based discrimination: "Muslims are the most likely faith community to report religious-based discrimination (60%) in the past year. This compares with 38% of Jews and less than 20% among all other groups studied."

♦ Domestic violence: "Muslims are as likely to report knowing someone who is a victim of domestic violence in their faith community (13%) as are Catholics (15%), Protestants (17%), and the general public (15%), compared with Jews (7%)."   54% of Muslims report domestic violence incidents to law enforcement, compared to 35% of Jews, 

♦ Trump: Muslims are the least likely faith group to have voted in the 2016 presidential election and "...the least likely faith group to favor a Trump win (15% vs. 23% of Jews, 26% of non-affiliated, roughly 41% of Protestants and Catholics, and 34% of the general public)."



The DataBank and the ISPU website have available:

•  the complete report (16 pages),

• a key findings report (4 pages),

• a methodology report,

• the survey questionnaire,  

• Over 40 Appendix Tables which compare responses of Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants,  to the survey questions, and

• The 37 graph comparisons of religious group answers which are also available in the complete report (graphs zipped separately in a RAR file).  




2,389 survey respondents: 800 Muslims, 340 Jews and 1,249 respondents from the general American public sample.

Sample Size: 2,839 - 800 Muslim, 340 Jews, 1249 general American public

Sample Notes:

"ISPU created the questionnaire for this study and commissioned two firms to conduct the survey: Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) for a nationally representative survey of self-identified Muslims and Jews, and Triton Polling & Research for a nationally representative survey of the general American public. From the Triton sample, researchers examined the views of self-identified Protestants, Catholics, and those who were not affiliated with a faith."

A total of 2,389 interviews were conducted.  

• SSRS conducted interviews with 800 Muslim Americans and with 340 Jews; 790 telephone interviews were conducted: 430 by cell phone and 360 by landline.  An additional 350 wed-based interviews were completed with Muslim respondents.

• Triton Polling and Research conducted telephone interviews with 1,249 respondents representing the general American public via both cell phones and landlines.

Study Notes:

Research Methodology is summarized in both the complete report and the Key Findings.  Additional details on sampling error, etc., in separate methodology report, which summarizes research details from SSRS and then from Triton.  Survey data weighting procedures discussed within each section of the methodology; all weighting designed to provide representative samples of Muslims, Jews and the general American public.

SSRS reports a margin of error (MOE) of +/- 5.1% for the 2017 American Muslim sample and a MOE of +/- 6.5% for the American Jewish sample.  Corresponding design effects reported as 2.17 and 1.52

Triton reports a MOE of +/- 2.8% for the general population survey data


Language: English