United States : 69% of Muslims voted for Joe Biden, 17% for Trump

Unlike in previous polls, more than a million Muslims took part in the presidential election on November 3 in the United States. 69% of Muslim voters voted for Joe Biden.

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In the United States, the denominational vote determines the new tenant of the White House. Muslim Americans have perfectly assimilated this local database, largely voting for Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

According to an election exit poll conducted by the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), 69 percent of Muslim voters said that they voted for former Vice President Joe Biden and 17 percent for President Donald Trump.

Despite the big difference in Muslim votes between the two candidates, Donald Trump managed to score more votes compared to the November 2016 elections, when only 13 percent of Muslim voters voted for him.

The significant rise comes as the Republican President had hostile positions against the Muslim community, in addition to the introduction of his infamous «Muslim ban». On January 27, 2017, a week after his inauguration, Donald Trump signed a ban which prohibited nationals from six Muslim countries from entering the United States, namely : Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. This measure was presented by the Trump administration as necessary to combat terrorism.

Biden promises to end the Muslim ban

During his election campaign, Joe Biden promised to revise «this infamous ban on Muslims», as he called it in July. Will he keep his promise once at the White House ? While waiting for this repeal of the «Muslim ban», it is clear that Biden's outstretched hand to members of this community has paid off for him.

Indeed, the Democrat did not hesitate, in July 2020, to respond to the invitation of Engage Action, an American Muslim community's issue advocacy organization. In a speech delivered to an audience of participants, he denounced Islamophobia and pledged to integrate Muslims into his administration and make Islam known in school curricula.

«One of the things that I think is important: I wish, I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. What people don't realize is ... we all come from the same root here, in terms of our fundamental basic beliefs».

Joe Biden

For its part, the Los Angeles Times daily took an interest in the Muslim vote in favor of Biden's candidacy. «After their newfound voices resonated loudly in battleground states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, community members say, Muslim voters want more than just a seat at the table from Biden and his administration. They, like other underrepresented communities, want to be part of the decisions that are being made at a national level», the newspaper wrote.

According to the Pew Research Center, there were approximately 3.45 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2017, representing about 1.1% of the American population.

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