Public split on Muslims, Mormons

Posted on September 26, 2007

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September 26, 2007

By Kristi Moore – Americans” attitudes about Muslims are more negative now than in years past, while a slim majority of the public expresses a favorable view of Mormons, according to a national religious poll released yesterday.

“I think the main find in this survey is the fact that the public holds such mixed views of Islam and Mormonism,” said Gregory Smith, research fellow for the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The survey indicated that about 43 percent of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of Muslims, while 35 percent express a negative view. Opinions of Muslims were more positive in 2004, with 48 percent favorable and 32 percent unfavorable.

As in previous surveys, Muslim Americans are seen more positively than Muslims overall; however, opinions of Muslim Americans have also become more negative. […]

Opinions were also affected by personal experiences, the poll indicating that among those who know a Muslim, for instance, 56 percent have a favorable overall impression of Muslims, compared with just 32 percent of those who are not acquainted with a Muslim. [more]

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