How Trump changed Americans’ view of Islam – for the better
Dr. Shibley Telhami sheds light on Americans' changing views of Islam in a recent Washington Post Monkey Cage article.
"Americans’ opposition to accepting refugees from Middle East conflicts have been highly exaggerated. As I noted last June, 'even in the middle of a U.S. presidential campaign that has been breathtaking in its exaggerations and racism, with devastating terrorism providing fuel, 59 percent of Americans say they are ready to accept Middle East conflict refugees' assuming they are screened for security. As usual, Americans were deeply divided along partisan lines on this issue.
Four polls during the election year revealed extraordinary, progressive and unexpected shifts that cannot be explained by events during that year. Attitudes toward “Muslim people” became progressively more favorable from 53 percent in November 2015 to 70 percent in October 2016."
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