Study Suggests American Muslim Voting Bloc Signifies New Era

January 25, 2005

Source: The Daily Californian

On January 25, 2005 The Daily Californian reported, "in the 2004 presidential election, 93 percent of American Muslims voted as a bloc for Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry in an effort to help restore civil liberties and human rights for all. It was the largest turnout of American Muslim voters in U.S. history, and represented a 20 percent voter registration increase over the previous presidential election. The American Muslim vote is seen by many analysts as pro-democracy and civil liberties but anti-war and anti-occupation. Seen through a post-9/11 prism, its significance is characterized by three factors: it tested the sustained capacity of American Muslims to participate and succeed in a democratic system, enabled them to create common causes with like-minded fellow Americans, and measured the extent to which the U.S. is capable and willing to treat its religious minorities fairly and equitably."