Survey: Americans Learning More About Islam, But Say Anti-Muslim Discrimination Persists

September 9, 2009

Author: Jay Lindsay

Source: The Chicago Tribune

Wire Service: AP


Americans are learning more about Islam, and familiarity with the faith makes people more likely to view Muslims favorably and less likely to believe Islam encourages violence, according to a new study.

The survey by the Pew Research Center also showed that Americans still believe Muslims face far more discrimination than the nation's other religious groups.

The findings can be linked because increased knowledge about Muslims is tied to more sensitivity about bias they face, said Greg Smith, the report's senior researcher.