Less than One Percent of US Muslims Voted for Bush.
Exit Poll - 93 Percent of Muslims Voting for Kerry
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXIT POLL: 93 PERCENT OF MUSLIMS VOTING FOR KERRY
Samplings in Ohio and Florida show overwhelming support
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/2004) - Preliminary results of an exit poll
by a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group
indicate that more than 90 percent of Muslim voters are casting
their ballots for John Kerry in today's election.
In that early survey of 537 Muslim voters, conducted by the
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 93
percent of respondents said they voted for Kerry, 5 percent favored
Ralph Nader and less than 1 percent said they supported President
The exit poll exceeds the results of a post-debate CAIR survey
indicating that 80 percent of likely American Muslim voters planned
to vote for Kerry. Today's poll results are also in line with the
American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections - Political
Action Committee (AMT-PAC) endorsement of John Kerry. SEE:
In the key battleground state of Florida, a CAIR sampling of 335
Muslims who cast their votes today or in early polling shows that 95
percent voted for Kerry and just 3 percent voted for President Bush.
Ralph Nader received under 2 percent of Muslim votes.
In Ohio, a similar sampling of 222 Muslim voters showed 86 percent
voting for Kerry, 4 percent for Bush and 10 percent for "other" or a
"We are seeing an unprecedented level of voter mobilization by the
American Muslim community in this election," said CAIR Executive
Director Nihad Awad. "I believe Muslim voters have come of age and
will be a factor in all future elections."
Muslims from almost every state responded to the exit poll, with the
most responses coming from California, Virginia, Texas, Maryland,
Illinois, New York, Florida, and Ohio.
Surveys were faxed and e-mailed to Muslim individuals and
organizations nationwide this afternoon.
In the weeks leading up to the election, CAIR launched a
nationwide "Get Out the Muslim Vote" campaign that included phone
banks in a number of election centers, distribution of Muslim voter
guides and transportation services for Muslim voters.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director, Corey Saylor, 202-646-
6039, E-Mail: csaylor@...
; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or
202-744-7726, E-Mail: cair@...
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