Pew Survey Republicans Okay Blunt Talk About Islam Democrats Favor Caution

Rabat – A new survey released on February 3 revealed a sharp difference between Democrats and Republicans on the matter of how the next president of the United States should speak about Islam and Islamic extremism.The Pew Research Center survey found that Americans are divided along partisan lines with regard to whether the next president should “speak bluntly about extremism even if it means being critical of Islam” or “be careful not to criticize Islam as a whole when speaking about Islamic extremists.”As President Obama visited a mosque in Baltimore on Wednesday for the first time as president on Wednesday to show support for American Muslims, a new poll finds that 70 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say the next president should “speak carefully about Islamic extremism so as not to criticize Islam as a whole.” However, four-in-ten Americans want the next president to “speak bluntly about Islamic extremists even if the statements are critical of Islam as a whole.”The survey revealed that “blunt talk is preferred by two-thirds of Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party (65%), while seven-in-ten Democrats and independents who lean Democratic express the opposite view, saying the next president should speak carefully about Islamic extremism so as not to criticize Islam as a whole.”The study also shows that 49 percent of Americans think that at least some of the US Muslim population is anti-American.“Roughly half of the public believes that at least ‘some’ US Muslims are anti-American, including 11 percent who say ‘most’ or ‘almost all’ US Muslims are anti-American and 14 percent who think ‘about half’ the US Muslim population is anti-American,” the survey found.Edited By Kelsey Fish read more