The Council on American-Islamic Relations conducted an informal exit poll that the organization says shows overwhelming support for President Barack Obama's re-election among American Muslims. According to the group, more than 85 percent of American Muslim voters picked President Obama on November 6. A similar CAIR exit poll in 2008 showed that 89 percent of American Muslim voters picked then-candidate Barack Obama. At that time, only two percent of respondents said they voted for Republican Sen. John McCain.
CAIR conducted an email survey of more than 650 American Muslim voters that appeared to show the following:
• 95.5 of the Muslim voters said they went to the polls on November 6.
• 85.7 percent cast their ballots to re-elect President Obama.
• 4.4 percent of respondents said they voted for Mitt Romney.
• Just over two percent (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. Also, more than four percent 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 percent said they did so for the first time.
• 41.5 percent said they consider themselves Democrats. A similar number, 40.6 percent, consider themselves politically independent. Only 7.4 percent said they are Republican.
In a statement, Nihad Awad of CAIR said, “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,” who added, “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.”
CAIR says that the exit poll results support the findings of a pre-election survey it conducted 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 favor at the polls,” said CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor. He also expressed appreciation that a "number of anti-Muslim candidates were rejected by voters nationwide."