The Islamophobia Presidency

Islamophobia is on the rise in the United States. A statement that probably doesn’t come as a big surprise was backed up last week by the results of a new survey from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), a non-profit organization that advocates for American Muslims. But it’s worth noting that not all Americans see Muslims unfavorably.

Hispanic Americans, Jews, and, not surprisingly, Muslims, all rated low on the survey’s Islamophobia scale. A majority in these three groups said they view Muslims in a positive light.

White evangelicals, on the other hand, were found to hold the most negative attitudes about Muslims. And it wasn’t close. In fact, as the survey shows, white evangelical views of Muslims drive American Islamophobia.

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