Posted by OnIslam on July 30, 2014 in News Clips

CAIRO – Though Americans were outraged by report that they are being spied on by the National Security Agency, a large number of them has voiced support for law enforcement profiling of Muslims, giving the religious minority the lowest favorable ratings among the groups covered, a new survey said.

“A significant number of Americans (42%) support the use of profiling by law enforcement against Arab Americans and American Muslims,” the survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics, was released on Tuesday, July 29, Huffington Post reported.

The survey also shows American attitudes toward Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans have turned for the worse since the Arab American Institute first began polling on the subject in 2010.

“Arabs and Muslims have the lowest favorable/highest unfavorable ratings among the groups covered, and one in four Americans were either unfamiliar with or not sure of their attitudes toward these two communities,” the survey report added.

The new poll found favorability toward Arab-Americans at 36 percent, down from 43 percent in 2010. For Muslim-Americans, favorability was just 27 percent, compared with 36 percent in 2010.

“The way forward is clear,” the pollsters wrote in the survey's executive summary.

“Education about and greater exposure to Arab Americans and American Muslims are the keys both to greater understanding of these growing communities of American citizens and to ensuring that their rights are secured,” one of the pollsters wrote.

The Arab American Institute survey was conducted online among 1,110 likely US voters from June 27 to June 29, a period of unrest in the Muslim world.

The survey came as media focused on unrest in several Muslim countries including the ongoing civil war in Syria; the rise of ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, in Iraq; the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist group Boko Haram; and the 2012 terrorist attack on a US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

The favorability of American Muslims has also differed according to political affiliations.

While the majority of Republicans held negative views of both Arab-Americans and Muslims, democrats gave Arab-Americans a 30 percent unfavorable rating and Muslim-Americans a 33 percent unfavorable rating.

Republicans, on the other hand, gave Arab-Americans a 54 percent unfavorable rating and Muslim-Americans a 63 percent unfavorable rating.

Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to from 7-8 million Muslims.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.

Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, many Muslims have complained of facing discrimination and stereotypes in the society because of their Islamic attires or identities.

A recent report by the umbrella Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has found that Islamophobia in the US is on the rise.

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