Poll: Americans Are Tolerant Of Other Faiths -- ExceptMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 16, 2011View Source
Religion News Service
WASHINGTON D.C., September 2011:
Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims,
according to a poll released Tuesday (Sept. 6) that probes Americans' attitudes toward
immigrants and the nation's safety 10 years after 9/11.
The "What It Means to Be American" poll found that a small majority (53 percent) say the country
is safer now than before the 9/11 attacks. Attitudes toward Muslims, however, are far less
straightforward. More than 8 in 10 Americans say that self-proclaimed Christians who commit violence
in the name of Christianity are not really Christians. By contrast, less than half (48 percent)
say that self-proclaimed Muslims who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam are not really Muslims.
The biggest differences in perceptions about discrimination emerged between those who most
trust Fox News and those who most trust public television, with nearly seven in 10 Fox News fans
saying that so-called reverse discrimination is as big a problem as traditional discrimination,compared to less than one in four public television viewers.