Muslims surveyed

Published July 3, 2007

New York
Muslims in the United States appear to have been largely assimilated into the broader U.S. society, finds a new survey which also reports that nearly eight in 10 Muslim Americans overwhelmingly condemn the practice of suicide bombings.

Still, the survey by the Pew Research Center found that about a quarter of young Muslim Americans feel there are times when such bombings can be justified. The picture painted of the survey – said to be the first comprehensive survey of Muslim Americans – finds that they are relatively happy in the U.S. and feel more a part of its society than Muslims who have emigrated to Europe feel about living in their countries.

The survey found that a majority of Muslim Americans believe in the “American Dream” and that hard work pays off. At the same time, 53 percent say life for Muslim Americans has become more difficult in the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


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