Americans See Muslims As Facing Major Discrimination

HopeTracker| Americans see Muslims as facing more discrimination inside the U.S. than any other religious group. Nearly six-in-ten adults (58%) say that Muslims are subject to a lot of discrimination, far more than say the same about Jews, evangelical Christians, atheists or Mormons. In fact, of all the groups asked about, only gays and lesbians are seen as facing more discrimination than Muslims, with nearly two-thirds (64%) of the public saying there is a lot of discrimination against homosexuals.

In the survey, Americans rate religions against their own, on a question of “being different from my religion). On this questions Islam received a 65% agreement, similar to Mormonism (59%) and Hinduism (57%).

By contrast 47% of Americans regard Judaism as different from their religion (35% say similar) and 49% regard Catholicism as different, versus 43% saying similar. Read: Muslims Widely Seen as Facing Discimination: Views of Religious Similarities and Differences.