Are you concerned about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in America? If so, you are not alone. Two thirds of all Americans report that they are very or somewhat concerned about this possible trend, according to a new poll by Pew. Republicans are considerably more concerned than Democrats about the possible rise of Islamic extremism: 83% among Republicans versus 59% among Democrats.
Fewer but still substantial numbers of Americans believe there is support for extremism among Muslims in the U.S. Forty percent say that there is a great deal or a fair amount of support, with more Republicans than Democrats believing this is true.
What about the other side? What do Muslim Americans believe? Only 21% of Muslim Americans perceive that there is a great deal (6%) or a fair amount (15%) of support for extremism in their communities, according to another survey taken by Pew. In other words, the vast majority of Muslims in America reject extremism. But about half say that leaders in their communities have not done enough to speak out against extremism.
Pew reports that the survey “finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists, controversies about the building of mosques and other pressures that have been brought to bear on this high-profile minority group in recent years. There also is no evidence of rising support for Islamic extremism among Muslim Americans.” Muslim Americans believe that the majority of Muslim immigrants want to adopt American values and customs (though only a third of the general public agrees). Overall, Muslim Americans are satisfied with their lives in the US and happy to be here.
How concerned are you with Islamic extremism in the U.S.?
Do you believe it’s on the rise?
If you are Muslim, what’s been your experience in the 9/11 decade?
Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue on American values.