Polls Indicate Americans Still Struggling Over Muslim Identity

September 8, 2002

Source: The Sun News

On September 8, 2002 The Sun News reported that "Muslim-Americans became the targets of scrutiny, criticism and even violence after Sept. 11, but a surprising thing has now happened: The elevated profile seems to have improved Americans' perceptions of them, according to a Knight Ridder poll. For many, though, it is an uneasy accommodation. The poll found that many Americans are struggling to distinguish their positive inclinations toward Muslims living in the United States from their suspicions of those living abroad. That tension is illustrated by two findings: A majority objects to targeting a person for investigation on the basis of appearing Muslim or Arab, but a larger majority wants new restrictions on immigration from Arab and Muslim countries."