Muslim voters could swing election, report finds
Owla Awada manages a popular bakery in Dearborn, Michigan, a possible battleground state in November.
April 3rd, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Muslim voters could swing election, report finds

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - The number of Muslims in the United States is tiny - less than one in 100 Americans - but their votes could sway the results of the presidential election in November, a new study says.

That's because they are concentrated in a number of key swing states, says Farid Senzai, the author of the report.

Take Florida, for example, the state that famously swung the 2000 presidential election for George W. Bush over Al Gore.

Bush won by 537 votes - while a get-out-the-vote phone bank contacted 23,000 Muslims in one day during elections in 2008 and 2010, the report says.

Nauman Abbasi - the head of Emerge USA, which ran the phone bank - says efforts like his will increase Muslim voter turnout.

There are about 1.2 million registered Muslim voters in the United States, according to the study, "Engaging American Muslims."

More religious Muslims and those more involved in their mosques are more likely to vote, it found.

The biggest Muslim populations are in New York and California, which are unlikely to be battleground states in November.

But the next largest numbers of Muslim voters are found in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Virginia, all of which could be key battlegrounds between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent.

Florida and Ohio, two states that have been decided by razor-thin margins in recent years, also have enough Muslim voters to make a difference to the final result, the report says.

Of course, many other, larger constituencies, from Hispanics to women to the unemployed to political independents, could also claim to be the key ingredient in a winning coalition.

And Muslim voters have much the same concerns as the population at large, with domestic issues and the economy dominating, the study says.

Most Muslims voted for Bush in 2000, Democratic Sen. John Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008.

They are more likely than the population as a whole to approve of Obama's performance now, the study found.

The report comes from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a Washington think tank focusing on Muslim issues. It is based largely on earlier data from sources including Gallup, Zogby International and the Pew Research Center.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: 2012 Election • Islam • Politics

soundoff (836 Responses)
  1. Sharia Law? NO THANKS!

    Look at the woman on the picture.... she cover herself like a pig, but the guy wears T-shirt LOOL!

    April 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  2. England

    Those nasty Moslems wants to impose sharia laws in Christian countries and tries to take over the nations and turn them into Islam...

    PS! All Muslims stinks of their nasty sweat for never taking shower....

    April 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  3. X


    April 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  4. Greg/Jewish

    Muslims are not normal humans.... they worship a false pedophile prophet who got married several times. Look at those nasty Sharia laws..... EXPORT MUSLIMS NOW!

    April 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      And you are a complete xenophobic idiot. People have been pointing out the inaccuracies in posts like this, and your willful ignorance is really quite astounding.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Eric

      I'm sure Greg is one of those vile extremist evangelical sorts chomping at the bit to attack Muslims and Jews alike. Anything to stir up the crap and deflect attention away from what really deserves it – those like him, filled with ignorance and hate, claiming to be the "real" Americans, the real patriots and the real people of "faith". All they show is how small and vacuous they are. If all the REAL American's show up to vote for next president of the United States...Obama will be president for another four years...and that will be better for America than any option the GOP is offering us.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  5. wonder

    Where are John, Matt, Andrew and James? Apparently christian names are popular handles. And steve should be in that list too!.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  6. JC in the hot tub!

    The premise of the story is silly. Muslims are less than 1% of the population.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  7. SconnieGuz

    These people can't be trusted. Execute them.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  8. Let's face it.

    You do not need to look at Europe to see the effect of the immigration, look here, this immigration country, every one came from some where.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  9. T

    I live near a Muslim religious center. I see people of the Muslim faith everyday. I also look at today's political landscape where women again feel the need to fight for their rights and are sending knitted uteruses to Congress. In that climate, how could the Muslim faith ever grow in this society? Muslim women must cover their heads, they walk behind their husbands, I've never seen one around here that will speak, they cannot even use the same door as the men do when entering their religious center–theirs is clearly marked at the opposite end and the door says they must clean themselves before entering. I not know of any woman who would ever put up being treated as a second-class human being like this, so my doubts that the faith has grown as is continuing to do so are very great. I sincerely doubt on election night Obama will celebrate a victory based on this.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • .

      Where do you live? Paterson, Dearborn?

      April 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • u r a moron

      Who said wearing a head scarf and using another door makes you second class? Perhaps its the role God wants. Christians, at one time did the same thing until they changed their entire religion and started doing whatever they felt like, which by the way is against God's will.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Let's face it.

      I have found many respected wemen non Muslims love the way Muslims wemen dress, don't need to reveal the body to look beautiful. many of them are converting to Islmas, very soon this will Muslim nation, we hope not to take too long.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • GetReal

      T – I am just as baffled as you regarding Muslim beliefs. But, I have learned over the years to not criticize another man's country nor religion. It appears to me that many Muslim women are practicing their religion out of free will. So, who are we to attempt to impose our culture upon them. How would we feel if they tried to do that to us?
      If you are seriously concerned, try to become acquainted with some Muslims. Be curious and open to their points of view in order to understand, without being confrontational.
      I have met some very nice Muslims, who are passionate about their religion, but not jihadists.
      Personally, I enjoy learning about other cultures and find interactions to be very rewarding and enlightening.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • GetReal

      Let's Face It – Don't hold your breath.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • chuckmartel

      I hope 'lets face it' is being sardonic. If not, cleansing time for 'lets face it' and its kind.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest


      You would have done will in germany in the late 30s

      April 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      uramoron..I would like to know how you know what gods will is, when you have absolutely no proof he she or it even exists..yet you are willing, by the sound of it to impose its "will" over that of humanity. Religion has proven to those who think, that gullibility is an easy trap.

      lets face it.. should the US become a muslim nation the innovation that the secular world has given you will disappear in time consuming fear and prayer. Your medicine will be replaced by prayers and limitations that do not offend your alien.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  10. Bootyfunk

    haha, the Republican party... the party of prejudice, misogynistic, h.o.m.o.phobic, ultra-religious wackos. it's coming back to bite you. this isn't your grand daddy's country anymore. but that's okay. keep living with your 1800s philosophies. lol. keep it up.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm |


    April 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Oh really

      do you really want someone to post a video of Hiroshima or Nagasaki? or even Vietnam, or china's opium wars, or Somalia, or bombings in Iran or Native massacres, or Cambodia, or occupation of Cuba, or Korean war, or supporting Taliban in Afganistan.
      Compared to all that 9/11 seams small.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • chuckmartel

      Oh really is too stupid for human status. Korean war was US terrorism? What a maroon!. No concept of analogy.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • u r a moron

      9/11 was a payback for all the crap we did to them. It was not a first strike on us. Unfortunately, the U.S. plays with fire way too much. Eventually you get burned.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • chuckmartel

      hey, u are a maroon, how about all the muzzies that blow up other muzzies on a daily basis in islamiland? Another item, given your premise that they do want to kill us for 'payback, we should still continue importing them?
      You are not qualified to call anyone a moron.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  12. Muhammed

    Salam..... I'm a dead pedophile and I love when all Muslims worship me 🙂

    April 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • u r a moron

      Pedophile?? Historians claim most Christian men also married women greatly underage. So what is your point??? Worship him?? Islam not only forbids the worship of the Prophet; there are no images of him, unlike Christianity that worships Mary and Jesus. Go get an education and stop watching FOXNEWS.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Mark

      moslum do not worship Mohamed (PBH). They worship Allah the lord of Jesus.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Henry

      allah is god the muslims not THE GOD of the Bible.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Lambada

      Muhammed married many many women.... had s.ex, divorced, remarried etc.

      At least Jesus Christ never married, taught good stuff and helped everyone

      April 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Greg/Jewish

      Muhammed is the founder of Islam..... so he's a pedophile

      April 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Kana

      @Henry – And what makes Christianity the "right" religion? There are other religions that have been around a lot longer than Christianity.
      This is the United States and we have the right to practice WHAT EVER religion we choose. This means YOUR religion or lack of may not be right for someone else but that doesn't make it's right or wrong.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm |


    April 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Pauline

      Guy in the vid looks gay, but that doesn't mean he doesn't swing.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      yeah, you sounds like a gay aficionado, so i suppose if you say he's g.a.y, he must be g.a.y. derp!

      April 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  14. Pauline

    I thought Muslims didn't swing?????

    April 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  15. TheMendicantBias


    Lighten up, please. At the end of the day, Obama is going to win. Just watch.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  16. Patricksday

    Christians are for the most part Hypocritical, Hateful, self righteous, and if they have any money GREEDY, SELFISH and corrupt, but they think they can pull out the Jesus card and all the Evil and wicked acts are suddenly forgotten, it does not work that way regardless of what your Minister who drives a Bentley tells you, as long as he gets his cut.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm |

      Ok we understand you like people who worship a pedophile ain't you?

      April 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Bryan

      Your comments are just as bigoted as the comments of people who say that all Muslims are a certain way, all Jews or whatever. Sure, there are many Christians who are exactly the way you have described, just as there are Muslims who support terrorism, Jews who are greedy, or whatever stereotype you wish to use. When you say in broad terms that "Christians" are a certain way, then you are part of the problem, and ironically just as bad as those very people you are attempting to criticize.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • u r a moron

      The prophet actually married a girl quite older than your typical Christian at that time. So it looks like you're quite the fool.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  17. ug

    There are about a half million moslems in this country and some stupid reporter thinks that it will tip the scale huh! idiot libs!

    April 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • curtis

      Did you even read the article?

      April 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • u r a moron

      Actually there are 8 million. But only 1.5 million are registered.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Greg/Jewish

      0.6% of the U.S. are Muslims... which is roughly around 5 million maximum. Stop making the number bigger.. typically what Muslims do!

      April 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Let's face it

      Educate yourself the number of Muslims before September 11 and the one after that, in the next few years american will Mosques every where and in the next 30 majority of US Citizen will convert to true religion.

      April 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm |

    One day our national motto will be 'In Allah We Trust' when they increase due to immigration... look at Europe and see what happen!

    April 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Sarah

      uhh it already is... Allah is simply the Arabic word for God. Christian and Jewish Arabs also refer to God as Allah and that is also how it is written in their holy books.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • u r a moron

      the word GOD did not exist 300 years ago fool. Every language has a word for the Supreme, all knowing. In arabic its Allah, in spanish its Dios. Get it?????

      April 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      uramoron..what would happen if you thought of yourself as Human Being. first and foremost, and the Christians on here thought the same of them selves...none of you are anymore incorrect than the others... none have proof yet you all talk as if you have the truth of some thing but no one knows what it is..you both have books that you claim , with no evidence what so ever, are the words of these gods and prophets. Both appear willing to kill for these words....

      April 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  19. admin123

    Oh no, it'll be those nasty gays who swing this election! (sarcasm)

    April 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  20. Proud Moslem guy

    Insallah one day many christians convert to Islam.... we are growing fast and our religion is great and peaceful. Islam means peace. May Allah one day make America more Islamic and introducing our religion here more. May Allah bless us all.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • u r a moron

      Well said. Someday Americans might actually get a real education and learn a thing or two about Islam. Unfortunately, America, being the least educated and hypocritical country gets its education from places like FOXNEWS.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Linda

      Yepp try blowing up buildings, attacking churches, synagogues, hindu temples, subways in London/Spain etc. and call it 'peaceful' religion. Islam = TRASH!

      April 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Tyler

      Yeah...I'm not a bigot, but people who are might read that as another example of muslims wanting "sharia law" or whatever other nonsensical hate-speech they spew. As for myself, keep the country official secular and stop hating on other people's religion. I'm looking at you Christians here. Islam may have issues, but that is exactly where Christianity was in the middle ages hundreds of years ago–and there are still crazy fundamentalists around.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
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