A New Poll About Americans’ Hatred Of Muslims, Just In Time For 9/11

happy anniversaryGet out your miniature American flags and get ready for all those chain e-mails from Grandma because it’s almost that time of year again! It has now been ten years since 9/11, which means America has had ten years to grieve, reflect, and cultivate limitless hatred for a religion we can’t even begin to understand. This is the general conclusion of a survey conducted by the Brookings Institutionthe Public Religion Research Institute that dared to ask, “Just how ignorant are we?” And because we are the BEST COUNTRY EVER CREATED BY GOD we have of course won the championship Gold Medal of Ignorance. Patriot victory laps around the neighborhood mosque!

A report, or “What It Means To Be American: Attitudes In An Increasingly Diverse America Ten Years After 9/11,” finds that Republicans, Teabaggers, and the Mentally Ill Couch Monsters who rely on Gretchen Carlson for information are the most Islamophobic, but worry not, because the rest of America is pretty angry about Muslims, too.

Overall, the survey of nearly 2,500 respondents found that 47 percent of respondents think Islam is out of step with American values, while 48 percent disagreed.

Approximately two-thirds of Republicans, Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement, and Americans who most trust Fox News agree that the values of Islam are at odds with American values. A majority of Democrats, Independents, and those who most trust CNN or public television disagree.

While, according to the Brookings report, more than 60 percent of Americans don’t believe Muslims are trying to institute Muslim religious law — known as Sharia — across the U.S., there are an increasing number who do: Over the last 8 months agreement with this question has increased by 7 points, from 23 percent in February 2011 to 30 percent today.

Nearly 6-in-10 Republicans who most trust Fox News believe that American Muslims are trying to establish Shari’a law in the U.S. The attitudes of Republicans who most trust other news sources look similar to the general population.

Of course, these numbers are also reflective of President Barack Obama’s free-falling approval ratings. They are very connected, since “How much do you hate Muslims?” and “How much do you hate Barack Obama?” are the same question, except they are missing the important keywords “secret” and “terrorist.” [ThinkProgress]

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  1. hagajim

    And the poll found that 90% of Americans knew absolutely nothing about Islam, but still hated the shit out of it.

    1. V572 T-Blow

      If it's good enough for Judaism, it's fine for Islam as well. Didja know they bury their dead standing up?

    2. Oblios_Cap

      I believe that the Quran speaks more about Jesus than the New Testament does. I imagine that's hard for a good Xtian to live with.

  2. lefty74

    I'm just going to stay home and watch the Hillbilly Handfishing Marathon.
    And some Swamp People. Choot 'em 'lizabeth.

    1. justkillmenow

      I am more than a little saddened that I know who says "Choot 'em 'Lizabeth" and about what. I am blaming this on my redneck husband.

  3. LettucePrey

    In a related story, approximately two-thirds of Americans who most trust Fox News called the Coast Guard to report seven stranded castaways on the teevee.

    1. DahBoner

      "Called the Coast Guard to report seven stranded castaways on the teevee"

      How dey get in dere? Nobody knows….

    2. littlebigdaddy

      Yeah, but they only wanted the rich people and the chicks to be rescued. Definitely not the professor.

  4. weejee

    And 65% of the Faux respondents said Green Bay was the largest city in Wisconsin.

    And 46% of the Teatard respondents said the holes in Swiss cheese was a Jewish plot to short-change the consumer, also, too.

    1. Rotundo_

      Actually it's a cheesehead plot as far as the swiss goes, the slices *look* bigger on account of them holes y'know. As for the Jewish stuff, I never met a Jewish cheese maker, but now that they made it up here, we got a lot of Mexican fellas in the cheese business. They're making some kick butt queso blanco and Chihuahua. I still don't know how they get enough milk outta them little doggies to make it though.

    2. V572 T-Blow

      I know you meant to say "Westconsin," which is how that particular state's name is pronounced by the elite.

      1. Dexter Linwood

        I still catch myself saying it like that, but I always thought that was the low-class pronounciation from those out of state like myself, and the clearest way to spot someone not from there. When I hear the natives say it, the first syllable almost disappears, sounding as if someone is letting air out of a tire and their mouths are as pinched as hell, and this is someone from the state across the lake. It's a whole other world over there I tell you.

        1. ShaveTheWhales

          Damn. I'm a native. and you're right, and I never realized it. Wonkette enlarges my brain again.

          1. weejee

            In addition to outsiders talking about Westcon sinners one state south is called Illinoise by many, and two states south for realz show me staters call it Missourah instead of Missouree. This is a such silly nation.

        2. gvvt

          Hey, I'm from Sconsin – old Indian word meaning fat stupid white people moved in and ruined the neighborhood. It's a GREAT place to be FROM.

  5. MissusBarry

    I love the breakdown of data by Republicans, Fox-trusting Republicans, and "other Americans." It's like a bell-curve of crazy.

    1. Native_of_SL_UT

      What the fuck has "Fox" and "trusting" got to do with each other?
      Or is Fox-trusting supposed to read as Fox minus trustiing?

      1. MissusBarry

        The only source of "truth" for those who are as familiar with the meaning of that word as they are with the pillars of Islam?

    2. Rotundo_

      It's kind of like Rebublicans who don't buy the crap but are greedy, KoolAid drinking frothing nutbag tricorn hat wearing crazy fuckers, normal confused americans. Probably a lot like IQ distribution only skewed a bit heavier on the cooler side of the scale.

    1. DahBoner

      No, oddly enough, Republicans believe in Job Evolution.

      That's how fucking slowly they're moving to create new jobs…

    1. Dexter Linwood

      Yes, the Wall Streeters. They only watch it for the boobs, 'cause they know they can't take their analysis of anything to the bank.

  6. Gurkman

    Given American Christians can't even begin to understand their own religion, the whole "understanding Islam" thing will probably take centuries.

      1. weejee

        Isn't that the scripture the average 13 year-old quotes Ma/Pa after they start pounding on the bathroom door asking what the heck they're doing in there that is taking so long?

    1. mourningnmerica

      And yet they have only got until Dec 21, 2012. Looks bleak for the whole understanding thing.

      Which reminds me, it was Bo Diddley, who once said in a TV interview, that "America is a nation of slow understanders."

      1. V572 T-Blow

        No kidding. We're not quite there yet, so long as minimum-wage 7/11 clerks are arguing that high-income taxpayers need a tax reduction.

  7. Mort_Sinclair

    I am constantly amazed at the seemingly limitless capability of Americans to remain ignorant, even with virtually all of the information they could ever need in their lives at their fingertips. We suck in ways too numerous to count, sort of like a fulminating bacterial culture.

  8. Sue4466

    I don't mean to nitpick, but if the poll is purportedly to find "What it means to be an American" and asks "Is Islam out of step with American values?" isn't the poll itself defining Muslims as outside America?

    I'm waiting for the poll asking if Christians are at odds with American values. Because increasingly, they seem to be. At least the GOP faction of them.

  9. Come here a minute

    Oh, but we loooove helping the Muslins free themselves from their evil (US supported) dictators, with our bombs.

  10. Sue4466

    I want a poll that asks if thinking other peoples' religions are not protected by the First Amendment* is at odds with American values. Because I'm starting to suspect it's the Constitution that is at odds with American values.

  11. edgydrifter

    Do I even need to mention that the same 30% who are afraid of creeping Sharia are the same 30% actively trying to establish a Muscular Dominionist Jesus-based theocracy here in the US?

    1. comrad_darkness

      Yeah, but that's different.

      Because they are sure it is different. For reasons they will shoot you for if you insist they attempt to articulate them.

    2. Dexter Linwood

      If we're to be honest, these types aren't afraid of Muslims for what they believe or don't believe, but because they are encroaching on their territory. lol It's all about competition with them. Or, I should say what they think think is competition. Muslims make up, what? 2% of the total American population tops? But, hearing about how the dominionists talk about it, you'd think they were nearly half the American populations.

    1. emmelemm

      At least a box of rocks might tumble around a bit, rocks hit off each other, spark occurs! It's not much, but it's something.

      These people, on the other hand: No spark. None.

  12. Texan_Bulldog

    I think Fox should ask questions their viewers really understand & actually know something about:

    "Who would you rather see naked? Betty Rubble or Wilma Flintstone"

    1. Crank_Tango

      whatever you do, don't go with boston ivy. or even worse, english ivy. if you value your freedumbs.

  13. Callyson

    The trick being the definition of "American values." In Teapartyland, those include shoveling tax cuts and deregulations for the rich, tax increases and more laws against the poor, destroying that bitch Mother Earth and keeping the non – fundies, socialist commie pinkos, gays, feminists, etc. in their places.
    JFC, can't we get these people to get the Rickster urge to secede already?

    1. friendlyskies

      Don't forget predatory lending! A fundamental American right that our banks have bravely fought for (like the song says, "to the shores of Tripoli"), a right that Sharia law will take away, because of terrorism.

  14. Native_of_SL_UT

    In other words, 47% of Americans have no idea what American values are. When I was growing up, one of the things I used to hear was that America was made by people seeking the freedom to practice religion in their own way. What happened to that "American" value?

    1. PubOption

      They're quite happy to practice religion in their own way. The problems start when someone else practices religion in a different way.

  15. arihaya

    well these demographics of Americans need something to hate anyway.. in 1900s it was the Catholics, in 1950s the Commies, in 1960s the Blacks, etc

    just wait and hopefully they can accept it. I mean look at Rick Santorum, a century ago if he dared to walk in deep south he will be punched or worse

    1. Dexter Linwood

      And the Mexicans and the Gheys and the Wimmenz and the city folks and the…well, hell, it's easier to make list of the people they don't hate.

  16. mumbly_joe

    Nearly 6-in-10 Republicans who most trust Fox News believe that American Muslims are trying to establish Shari’a law in the U.S. The attitudes of Republicans who most trust other news sources cause a divide-by-zero error


  17. WhatTheHeck

    Until Muslims get to liking Nascar, hunting’ n’ fission,’ and internet porn, they will nevah understand our American values.

    1. Dexter Linwood

      And pork. Don't forget pork. Eyed warily is the man or woman who eschews the porcine glory that is the baby back rib. It's why the Jews will never be fully on the inside.

      1. not that Dewey

        And a fairly cool thing, apparently:

        Astrophysicists believe there are two ways to trigger a Type 1a supernova. The first is when a white dwarf "steals" gas from a binary partner, grows to a certain mass limit and then explodes. The second is when two white dwarfs collide… the mass limit is immediately exceeded and they explode.

        I think DahBoner nailed it.

  18. Pristine_ODummy

    Geeze. Does this ever end? Just last month I was told Teh Jooz hatez our Presydentz, only to find out that Teh Jooz, apparently, did not agree and were lobbing munniez at him so he should run already. I guess next week will be the Latinos' turn.


      1. Pristine_ODummy

        Too busy glittering Marcus Bachmann's HUGE opening. I'll calendar something so we get around to the Prez soon, OK? Got a date in mind?

  19. Mumbletypeg

    "majority," "plurality," Simpson's paradox; I'd like to see this subset of respondents receive the same one-word commentary others here have offered to news about T-Paw, Lou Sarah and Thaddeus Maltby or whatever his name was:

    47 percent of respondents…


    1. mumbly_joe

      I thought the Simpsons paradox was about how the Simpsons remains the top-rated anchor show in its prime time slot, even though it's gotten considerably worse over the years and all the shows following it are just inferior clones of the Simpsons.

      1. mumbly_joe

        There's also Alan Simpson's paradox, which is about how a confused, mumbling 80 year old who used to represent the nation's least populous state in the Senate was the man who every politician in the nation was turning to to help us ensure the future solvency of America's budget while sustaining America's broader priorities vis a vis our commitments to both past and future generations.

        1. Pristine_ODummy

          Is that the schmuck who keeps referring to Social Security as a sow with 300 million tits? Because I'm thinking he might be some kinda perv his own self, yaknow?

      2. Mumbletypeg

        Now you mock me all you want. Do not mock the Simpson paradox unnecessarily. When I came across that it totally gave me a new outlook on statistical samplings and 'correlatings' and conclusions drawn from them.

        Am I setting myself up, hoping this is still a minority of folk not accurately accounted for by their opinions expressed on these questionably-worded quiztionnaires? If these types are as likely as we think they are to not really understand what it is they are asked their opinion of, then this sampling is a measure of misperception, and I have no interest in knowing the scope of that spread. It is pervasive, yes; able to be manipulated to greater entities' advantage, sure; accounting for *so much* of the public, is the question.
        Or, of the voting public, I guess, is what I'd like to know but am afraid to find out.

  20. Goonemeritus

    I think the problem is that 60% of people who watch Fox have no idea what American values are. The other 40% are just dutiful children that visit their parents during news hour.

  21. fuflans

    today i read some damn dry facts in 'the economist' and then heard some music composed for the memorial on some NPR show and both were terrifically moving.

    and was reminded that this is my fucking country too.

    so blow me baggers.

  22. KeepFnThatChicken

    Ever since the Pew polls that tore Christians a new dumb asshole, I've stopped listening to religion polls.

    Do your homework and read your goddamn Bible, Christians, before squeezing another turd out of your mouth.

  23. suburbanpatriot

    I listen to all of you prog libs defend the so called religion of peace and it makes me wonder why all of you don't just move to europe where they have lots of state mandated "diversity" or better yet maybe also move to Iran where you could burn an American flag all you wanted and still get away with it because you all do not realize that with sharia law the muslim brotherhood caliphate will slowly take over and we will be one nation under Mohammed instead of under God. You prog libs who comment and write here make me sad and sick at the same time and you think you are being so funny but who will be laughing when 0-bow-ma Hussein sells us all up the river I bet it won't be you. Thank you.

  24. Warpde

    Hell yeah!!! Praise Jesus.
    Damn rott'n toot'n we are. Praise Jesus.
    Don't you ever let those Muslim's tell y'all otherwise.
    Gold Medal of Ignorance,? Hell yeah, I like that. Fuck that's good.
    Gonna have to bring that one up with the Dept. of Edumacation, Educaytion, Edyoukaychun…..fucki'n Texan spell check….Oh here we go, Edjucayshun.
    Anywhey, where was I.
    Oh yeah. Islamophobic? What the …………
    Wait, hang on that for a min………
    Gotta go piss on the fire in my backyard.

    Ricky P'ee

  25. RadioEnron9/11

    50% of the time, I just despise 9/11, the other half I can barely hold my contempt for the overreaction and faux- poignancy.

  26. snoopyfan2010

    It's times like these when I understand why the native americans don't like to get involved in politics….too much hippocracy.

      1. snoopyfan2010

        Yes. Glad you caught that. It would have been worse if you missed the point that people who experienced centuries of violence against their way of life had to stand up and defend the ones who hurt them. One would have to be not only obese but also dense.

          1. snoopyfan2010

            Yes, Dexter, you did. I put alot of effort into that comment. I even spell checked it to make sure there were no errors. Now all I have is a bag of Cheetos and a box of wine to cheer me up. Thanks!

    1. Pristine_ODummy

      Oh the Protestants hate the Catholics,
      And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
      And the Hindus hate the Muslims,
      And everybody hates the Jews,

      But during National Brotherhood Week,
      National Brotherhood Week,
      National Everyone Smile At One Anotherhood Week
      It's fun to eulogize
      The people you despise
      Long as you don't let 'em in your school …

  27. owhatever

    I am not a Islamafobian! Llamas are cute big goats, but they spit like cambels, and I don't not like them too much. Karl Rove said on Fox that something, something, and something else, but he didn't talk about the llamas. The Muslins, now, there's a person to unlike. Never saw a one of them come to my church. and we welcome all good Christians, even some blacks Negroes and Mexico people.

  28. anniegetyerfun

    Islam IS out of line with American values. It also happens to be pretty in-line with Republican values.

    Of course, Muslims can be perfectly fantastic American citizens, but just like Christians, it's only the ones who ignore the meaner parts of their religion's dogma that you want as your neighbor.

    1. SayItWithWookies

      I wonder if they asked the same question about Christianity — because if you don't have any controls, how do you know what the significance of your number is? And maybe they should've asked a more neutral question that didn't specify the religion — for instance, do you think a faith that claims to transcend nationality, doesn't have a way of independently verifying its assertions, is practiced by murderers, hypocrites and child abusers, and has committed atrocities against its enemies deserves to dominate our political discourse?

      1. anniegetyerfun

        Oh, for reals, Wooks, I'm sure it's the way the question is asked. It's just that, with my Mooselimb in-laws, when we discuss their faith, they are always very defensive of Islam, until it gets to the nastier parts. And then they sound JUST LIKE XTIANS "Well, that's just a story! Not meant to be literal!"

      1. Pristine_ODummy

        Wrong guy. You want Gurcharan SINGH. Alternatively, just beat the hell outa Nimrata Randhawa "Nikki" Haley. Goodness knows, she probly deserves it a lot more.

  29. Biel_ze_Bubba

    OK, so some large percentage of Faux News junkies believe complete horseshit. Can someone tell me why this is news?

  30. Dexter Linwood

    47 vs 48 ain't all that bad considering the relentless yelling of "Sharia Law took my baby!" from the rooftops, and insinuating that the president is some underground radical Muslim, and threatening Muslim congregations for daring to expand or relocating their facilities, etc…

  31. genxr

    I finally got around to reading the ten commandments and the bill of rights and I found the first of one directly contradicts the first of the other.

    It's like the founding fathers took a look at the witch burnings, persecutions, and wars of their time and said, "That. Let's do the opposite of that."

  32. donner_froh

    The question could be "Are________________ out of step with American values?"

    Fill in the blank with a made up religion, concept or political philosophy–something that doesn't exist–and at least 50% of U.S. Amerikkans will answer yes.

  33. El Pinche

    Look at us. We're all talking as if Foxturds and Townhalltards know any better. It's like reasoning with lawn furniture.

  34. savethispatient

    If Muslims aren't trying to convert America to Sharia Law, why are pollsters asking the question?

    Pollsters are statisticians. Statisticians use algebra and algorithms. Obviously they're only asking to find out whether they've been uncovered!

  35. Serolf_Divad

    While, according to the Brookings report, more than 60 percent of Americans don’t believe Muslims are trying to institute Muslim religious law — known as Sharia — across the U.S., there are an increasing number who do: Over the last 8 months agreement with this question has increased by 7 points, from 23 percent in February 2011 to 30 percent today.

    Oh really, my Demoncrat friends? You still don't believe that Muslins are trying to impose Sharia on our Christian nation? Then answer me this: why do they get so bent out of shape the minute we suggest that they be rounded up and placed in internment camps where they can do no harm?

    1. Dexter Linwood

      No, it'd be hilarious if we end up standing in front of a woman named Allah, and she's Han Chinese.

  36. ShaveTheWhales

    Well, shit, Blair. I had a perfectly pleasant evening and wound up lightly drunk, and now I get reminded that one out of every two people I meet is is probably a fucking lunatic.

    This is good news for Loki.

  37. subsum

    23%: the same dumbshits that voted for W twice and approved of his job performance until the bitter end. Predictable.

    1. smitallica

      1. Turr
      2. Turrism
      3. Hatin' our freedums
      4. Burkas or babushkas or whatever the fuck they call them beekeeper suits
      5. Kebabs

  38. SaintRond

    It never ceases to amaze me that the largest private stockholder of Rupert Murdoch's News Corps is a prominent member of the Saudi royal family.

    I guess they figure it benefits those cocksuckers in Arabia to have Americans hate Muslims' guts.

    Hey, you wanna see my wiener?

  39. smitallica

    "30% believe that Muslims are trying to establish Sharia law across the U.S."

    Oh, if only there was something in our Constitution, in the Bill of Rights even, like maybe a clause, that forbids any laws that establish one religion over another, that would put these retards' fears to rest. I wish we had that. I'd put it right near the top. Like, in the very First Amendment.

  40. DaRooster

    "…and cultivate limitless hatred for a religion we can’t even begin to understand."

    But that's what a good Christian is supposed to do… hate everyone and give up trying to understand their beliefs and ways of life… isn't that what it says in the Bible… pretty much word for word right?

  41. JimmyPete

    For the first time as I turn 65 this year, I am beginning to doubt the wisdom of Democracy. I guess there is no real alternative, but I am growing more sure that this country's best days are behind us.

  42. ttommyunger

    It is the mission of the Right to keep 'Merikans ignorant of Islam. The Xtians ask for a Tithe (10%), BEFORE TAXES. Teh Mooslims only require 3% from their followers; it follows that the TeaTards are paying 7% over Market for their eternal souls-not a very cost efficient use of resources in these troubled times. If Religious Contributions are a "Soul Tax" (and some say they are), the Xtians would want to jump on this tax haven once they learned of it….Learn? Yes, I jest.

  43. Ducksworthy

    History shall record that the decline that began with the election of Amurikka's first Alzheimer's President rapidly accelerated downhill when the BEST COUNTRY EVER CREATED BY GOD abandoned its long standing values on September 12, 2001.

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