The Muslim population is growing in America but discrimination is still rampant

Since the terrorist attacks that led to the passing of the Patriot Act in 2001, the Muslim population has grown significantly, with discrimination still a rampant issue in America.

According to new data by the Pew Research Center, the Muslim population is steadily growing in America, with nearly 3.85 million Muslim adults and children based on a 2020 estimate, an increase from 2.35 million in 2007.

The survey, conducted between March 1st and 7th, 2021, also unveiled that Americans are more likely to believe that Muslims face discrimination compared to people of other religious beliefs.

“In a March 2021 survey, U.S. adults were asked how much discrimination they think a number of religious groups face in society,” the Pew authors wrote in their report.

“Americans were more likely to say they believe Muslims face “a lot” of discrimination than to say the same about the other religious groups included in the survey, including Jews and evangelical Christians. A similar pattern appeared in previous surveys going back to 2009, when Americans were more likely to say that there was a lot of discrimination against Muslims than to say the same about Jews, evangelical Christians, Mormons or atheists.”

A bar chart showing that Americans are more likely to say Muslims face discrimination than to say this about other religions

It is widely believed that negative attitudes toward Muslim people may be because Americans know very little about Islam or Muslims.

“The U.S. Muslim population has grown in the two decades since, but it is still the case that many Americans know little about Islam or Muslims, and views toward Muslims have become increasingly polarized along political lines,” the Pew authors inferred.

Image courtesy of James Lawler Duggan
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