The 2017 ISPU American Muslim Poll Survey

SSRS Conducts The 2017 ISPU American Muslim Poll Survey

ISPU created the questionnaire for this study and commissioned SSRS for a nationally representative survey of self-identified Muslims and Jews

“From early on in a deeply divisive presidential election cycle through the first weeks of a new administration, American Muslims have been at the center of heated social and political debates. Rarely, however, are Muslims themselves centered as participants in these conversations, and even rarer are their attitudes and behaviors systematically examined. To help narrow this knowledge gap, the following analysis of data from our American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads offers public officials, civil society stakeholders, and other interested parties a multi-dimensional portrait of the American Muslim community.”

Press Surrounding the 2017 ISPU American Muslim Poll Survey

American Muslims at the Crossroads

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington D.C.presented:  “American Muslims at the Crossroads”. 

“Over the past two years and amidst a deeply divisive presidential election cycle, American Muslims have found themselves at the center of heated social and political debates. One byproduct of this increased attention has been a spike in negatively charged rhetoric and discriminatory acts. American Muslim voices and an accurate understanding of this very diverse community are often missing in the national discourse.

In this context, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) conducted its second annual American Muslim Poll, which is designed to help public officials, civil society stakeholders and other interested parties gain a well-rounded understanding of the American Muslim community. The survey captured the attitudes and opinions of individuals from a variety of religious groups (i.e., American Muslims, Jews, Catholics and Protestants) and Americans who are not affiliated with a religion on topics such as religion, politics, civic engagement patterns and more.”

Dalia Mogahed, director of research at ISPU, presented the findings of the survey; this presentation was followed by a lively discussion with an esteemed panel of guests moderated by award-winning British journalist, author and political commentator Mehdi Hasan.

The panel included:

  • Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, the director of outreach for the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Northern Virginia
  • Zainab Chaudry, spokeswoman and Maryland liaison for the Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Walter Ruby, the Muslim-Jewish relations programs director at the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
  • Dr. Susan Sherr, VP of Demographic & Policy Research at SSRS

Photos from the Event