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37% Predict U.S.-Muslim Relations Will Be Worse A Year From Now

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Voters nationwide continue to show little optimism about America’s relationship with the Muslim world.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows just nine percent (9%) believe that U.S.-Muslim relations will be better a year from now. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree and say the relationship will be worse, while nearly half (47%) think it will stay about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These numbers show little change from October and have shifted little throughout 2010.

But when Rasmussen Reports first began regularly tracking the question in June 2009 at the time of President Obama's outreach speech in Cairo, Egypt, 32% thought relations between the two sides would be better in one year’s time, while 28% expected them to be worse. Thirty-five percent (35%) said they’d stay about the same.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on December 3-4, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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