A Federal Muslim American PAC:
The non-partisan Muslim American Political Action Committee (PAC) or MAPAC, was formed on 4 July 2004, as a federal PAC to engage primarily in the Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional races. MAPAC’s immediate goal is to engage the Muslim American community in the election of November 2004.
Who are America’s Muslims?
A snapshot from a poll of US Muslims in November (2001) by Zogby International
- 50% earn more than $50,000 annually.
- 58% are college graduates.
- 69% are married.
- 36% were born in the US; the rest come from 80 other countries.
- 32% are South Asian, 26% Arab, 20% African-American, 7% African, and 14% are ‘other.’
- One-fifth are converts to Islam.
- 79% are registered to vote.
- 40% are Democrats, 23% Republicans, and 28% Independents.
- 36% are moderate, 27% are liberal, and 21% are conservative.
- They are liberal on some issues – 93% favor both universal healthcare and more generous government assistance to the poor – and conservative on many social issues: They support the death penalty (68%); oppose physician-assisted suicide (61%); support a ban on pornography (65%); and favor making abortions harder to obtain (57%).
- They support prayer (53%) and the display of the Ten Commandments in schools (59%), and favor vouchers for private schools (68%).
Participation in American Life:
- They support donations to non-Muslim social service programs (96%); getting more involved in civic organizations (96%); and participation in the political process (93%).
- They take part in groups helping the poor, sick, elderly, or homeless (77%).
- They take part in school or youth programs (69%).
The poll was supported by Project MAPS: Muslims in the American Public Square, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts.