Muslim Voters Choose Kerry Over Bush, Poll Says

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - American Muslim voters are overwhelmingly supporting Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry over Republican George W. Bush, according to a new American Muslim Poll conducted by Zogby International.

Zogby conducted the poll for Georgetown University's Muslims in the American Public Square (Project MAPS).

According to the telephone survey of 1,700 Muslims chosen randomly nationwide -- and an "over-sample of 146 face-to-face interviews of African-American Muslims" -- Muslims backed the Kerry/Edwards ticket over the Bush-Cheney ticket, 76-7 percent.

Adding Ralph Nader into the mix, Kerry's lead drops to 68 percent to Bush's 7 percent, with Nader picking up 11 percent support from Muslims.

"This is a stark reversal of fortunes from the 2000 election," when President Bush received 42 percent of the Muslim vote versus 31 percent for Democrat Al Gore, said Dr. Zahid Bukhari, director of Project MAPS.

According to a press release, the new Zogby poll also shows that Muslim voters are leaving the Republican Party.

In 2001, 23 percent of Muslims identified themselves as Republicans while 40 percent called themselves Democrats and 28 percent identified as independents. Now, only 12 percent of Muslims call themselves Republicans while 50 percent say they are Democrats and 31 say they are independents.

The telephone poll was conducted from August 5 through September 15, 2004, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percent.

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