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FINDINGS FROM THE 2015 AMERICAN VALUES SURVEY 27

not speak English, compared to 43% of white college-educated Americans. The views of white

college-educated Americans much more closely resemble those of black Americans than those of

the white working class.

Views of immigrants also tend to divide Americans by generation. Only about one-third (36%) of

young adults (age 18–29), compared to a majority (55%) of seniors (age 65 and older), say that it

bothers them when they come across immigrants who speak little or no English.

The Compatibility of American Culture and Islam

Americans’ perceptions of Islam have turned sharply more negative over the past few years.

Today, a majority (56%) of Americans say the values of Islam are at odds with American values

and way of life, while roughly four in ten (41%) disagree. In 2011, Americans were divided in their

views of Islam (47% agreed, 48% disagreed).

Perceptions of Islam vary substantially by race, ethnicity, and class. Roughly six in ten (61%)

white Americans agree that Islam is at odds with American values, while fewer than four in ten

(37%) disagree. Black (48% agree, 47% disagree) and Hispanic Americans (46% agree, 49%

disagree) are divided in their opinions of Islam. However, there are notable differences among

FIGURE 10. The values of Islam are at odds with American values and way of life

By religious affiliation

Agree Disagree Don’t know/Refused

All Americans

56

41 3

White evangelical

Protestant

73

25 2

White mainline

Protestant

63

34 2

Catholic

61

36 3

Black Protestant

55

40 5

Unaffiliated

41

58

Non-Christian

religion

37

58 6

0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100

Source: PRRI 2015 American Values Survey.

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