Muslims Hope to Oust Bush in Election 2004

May 2, 2004

Source: Newsday,0,6597470.story

On May 2, 2004 Newsday reported, "Muslim leaders in the New York area say they have been urging Muslim immigrants... to fill out registration cards, hoping to give new strength to a community that has been politically powerless. In New York State, only one major elected office holder, Democratic Assemb. Roger Green of Brooklyn, is Muslim. He is African-American, and a convert to Islam. Nationwide, leaders of Muslim immigrant groups say they expect the voices of their communities to be heard this year as never before. A little known fact about Muslim immigrants is that they overwhelmingly supported George W. Bush against Al Gore for president in 2000, said Amaney Jamal, a professor of politics at Princeton University and an expert on American Muslims... But in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, many Arabs who supported Bush in his first run will work to oust him now... Last week, the Washington-based Arab American Institute released the results of a survey showing that, of the Muslims surveyed in four states, 10 percent said they would vote for Bush and 62 percent preferred Democratic rival John Kerry. The survey, conducted by Zogby International pollsters, interviewed voters in four states with relatively large numbers of Arab voters: Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania."