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Poll: American Muslims concerned about their place in society, extremism

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Women wear an American Flag head scarf at an event for World Hijab Day on Feb. 1 in New York City. Muslim Americans are concerned about their place in society as well as extremism in the name of Islam, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

American Muslims are concerned about their place in society as well as extremism in the name of Islam, a new Pew Research Center poll revealed Wednesday.

Three quarters of respondents in the Pew Center’s survey of American Muslims said that there is a lot of discrimination against Muslims in the United States, while 68 percent said that President Donald Trump makes them feel worried.

A majority — 62 percent — said that their fellow Americans do not see Islam as part of mainstream U.S. society.

But while expressing concern about their place in society, the vast majority of Muslims — 92 percent — said they are proud to be American. Seventy percent expressed belief in the American dream, saying that most people can get ahead with hard work. A majority — 55 percent — said that Americans are generally “friendly” toward Muslims.

The survey found that American Muslims are more concerned about extremism in the name of Islam than the general public. Sixty-six percent of American Muslims said they are “very concerned” about extremism in name of Islam around the world, compared to 49 percent of the general public. Forty-nine percent of American Muslims said they are “very concerned” about extremism in name of Islam here in the United States, compared to 43 percent of the general public.

The majority of respondents — 73 percent — said there is little or no support for extremism among American Muslims, while 11 percent said there is either a “fair amount” of support, and 6 percent said there is a “great deal” of support for extremism within the American Muslim community.

Most Muslims identify as Democrats, with 66 percent saying that they are or lean Democratic, while just 13 percent said they are or lean Republican. Twenty percent described themselves as independent.

Most respondents — 60 percent — said the media covers Islam unfairly.

The Pew Research Center’s survey of U.S. Muslims, conducted Jan. 23 to May 2, on landlines and cellphones, was from a representative sample of 1,001 Muslim adults living in the United States.

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