It is about to be ten years since the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States of America, and some 2.75 million Muslims live in the United States, so what better time to conduct a Pew poll to find out where Muslim Americans stand in terms of quality of life.
Recently, the Pew Research Center conducted telephone interviews with 1,033 Muslim Americans between April and July, surveying their social and political viewpoints, their levels of religious observance and their sentiments about Islamic extremism. On the latter issue, the majority of respondents expressed concern about religious extremism at home and abroad.
The Pew Research Center also conducted a similar poll in 2007, the results from which showed little change in the way Muslims feel they are perceived by the public. Fifty-five percent of respondents from the recent poll said life in the United States was more difficult for them than was before Sept. 11, 2001, while 37% said they felt no difference. Two-thirds of respondents said they believe the quality of life in America is better than in Islamic countries.
Seven out of 10 responders said that they were satisfied with Obama’s performance.
The report read:
â€œOn a variety of measures, Muslims in America are very content with their own lives and with the communities where they liveâ€¦Weâ€™ve seen Muslims move in a different direction than the rest of the country, (with more) believing America is going in the right direction.â€
When the 2007 survey was taken, 25% of Muslim Americans said they felt the U.S.-led global war on terror was intended to combat terror and not rooted in ulterior motives, whereas this year’s survey saw that number increase to 43%.
A third of those polled said local Muslim leaders have spoken out against extremism, while seven in 10 believe Muslim communities are cooperating well with law enforcement officials. 81% said that suicide bombings and other violence that used the name of Islam to target civilians was â€œnever justifiedâ€¦â€ whilst, one percent said it was often justified. Five percent had a â€œsomewhat or very favorableâ€ view of al-Qaida, while 70 percent said they held â€œvery unfavorable viewsâ€ of al-Qaida.
In other news, a man was killed and two others injured in a shooting outside a Copenhagen mosque following prayers marking the end of Ramadan.
The shooting took place outside the Muslim Culture Institute, in the Danish capital’s western Vesterbro district.
No arrests have been made but police are on the lookout for the perpetrators.
A spokesman for the Muslim institute said the incident took place on a parking lot next to the mosque as hundreds were leaving the 9 a.m. prayer service.