Poll: Republicans Strongly Dislike Muslims

57 percent of Republicans hold strongly negative views of Muslims, according to a poll released today by the Arab American Institute. Just 26 percent hold favorable views of Muslims, while Arabs are equally unpopular among Republicans — 53 percent negative versus 27 positive. The numbers improved slightly when asked about “Muslim Americans” and “Arab Americans.” Democrats, on the other hand, viewed Muslims and Arab Americans favorably by margins of at least 20 to 35 percent in all four cases, though Democrats and Republicans alike had less positive feelings toward Muslims than any other religious group.