ANXIETY NOSTALGIA AND MISTRUST

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whites by social class. Two-thirds (67%) of white working-class Americans agree that Islam is

incompatible with American values and way of life, while white college-educated Americans are

evenly divided (50% agree, 50% disagree).

Majorities of every major Christian religious group say that Islam is incompatible with American

values and way of life, including 73% of white evangelical Protestants, 63% of white mainline

Protestants, 61% of Catholics, and 55% of black Protestants. By contrast, among Americans who

identify with non-Christian religious groups (including Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and other

world religions), only 37% agree, while 58% disagree. Religiously unaffiliated Americans are also far

less likely to believe that Islam is incompatible with American values (41% agree, 58% disagree).

Americans’ perspectives on Islam are also strongly influenced by their political leanings. A majority

of independents (57%), and more than three-quarters of Republicans (76%) and Tea Party

members (77%), agree that Islam is at odds with American values and way of life. Nearly six in

ten (57%) Tea Party members strongly agree with this statement. By contrast, only 43% of Democrats

say that Islam is incompatible with American culture, compared to 52% who disagree.

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