The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on November 9 released the results of an informal exit poll indicating that more than 85 per cent of American Muslim voters picked President Obama in the election. In the last election also, a similar CAIR exit poll in 2008 showed that 89 per cent of American Muslim voters picked then-candidate Barack Obama.
CAIR’s email survey of more than 650 American Muslim voters indicates that just four per cent of respondents cast their ballots for Mitt Romney.
As many as 95.5 per cent of the Muslim voters said they went to the polls on November 6; 85.7 per cent cast their ballots to re-elect President Obama; 4.4 per cent of respondents said they voted for Mitt Romney; just over two per cent (2.2) of respondents said they voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. The same percentage (2.2) of respondents said they voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. More than four per cent of respondents declined to say who they voted for.
States with the highest number of survey respondents (in descending order) were California, New York, Texas, Virginia, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio.
Of those who voted, 8.3 per cent said they did so for the first time.
“The fact that more than 95 per cent of Muslim respondents went to the polls is a clear indication that they are fully participating in our nation’s political process and are part of the fabric of America,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Muslim voters in swing states such as Florida, Virginia and Ohio seemed to have played a critical role in tipping the balance in the president’s re-election victory.”
These results support the findings of a pre-election CAIR survey of 500 Muslim voters that rated jobs and the economy, education, health care policy, Medicare and Social Security, and civil rights as the top issues. That survey indicated that 1 in 4 Muslim voters remained undecided about their presidential pick.
“It appears that undecided Muslim voters broke decisively in President Obama’s favour at the polls,” said CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor.
Saylor also expressed appreciation that a number of anti-Muslim candidates were rejected by voters nationwide.