According to Nihad Awad – the Executive Director and Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR the turnout as well as the direction in which Muslim’s voted on Tuesday is unprecedented in American history, including their large turnout for Obama in 2008:
“The fact that more than 95 percent 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. 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.”
The survey Awad gets his figures from was conducted by an independent research firm and spanned more than 650 American Muslims – showing that 95.5% of them went to the polls on November 6th. Of that huge turnout, the survey learned the following in regards to who the group voted for:
- 85.7% Democrat incumbent Barack Obama
- 4.4% Republican Mitt Romney
- 2.2% Libertarian Gary Johnson
- 2.2% Green Party Jill Stein
Four percent more refused to reveal who they voted for. Of those who voted, 8.3 percent said they did so for the first time.
A pre-election survey conducted by CAIR found that of 500 Muslim voters polled – jobs and the economy, education, health care policy and civil rights were top issues.
Another CAIR survey showed states with the highest number of Muslim respondents were California, New York, Texas, Virginia, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio – with those states in bold being pivotal swing states.
In 1970 there were just over 1,000 Muslims calling America home, today there are over 9 million. The group is also reproducing at ratios of what some suspect is as high as 4:1 over that of non-Muslims. One reason is that Muslims as a group don’t believe in abortion and have other restrictions on certain kinds of birth control while white Americans account for over 50% of the 1.4 million American abortions performed annually.
Of all American children 5 years old or younger – 49.7% belong to minority groups. Of children aged 1 or younger, 50.4% belong to minority groups.