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Does It Matter That People Overestimate the Number of Muslims in America? Blogpost by Grewal, Cebul and Kustov

“A recent Ipsos survey demonstrates that Americans and Europeans vastly overestimate the number of Muslims living in their countries. The overestimates are almost comical: while Muslims in reality make up just 1% of the US population, Americans guessed around 17%. Yet this ignorance is no laughing matter. Our research demonstrates that Americans who overestimate the percentage of Muslims living in the US are more likely to support restricting or banning the entry of Muslims into the country. Moreover, this troubling correlation holds even among highly-educated Democrats, suggesting that such opinions transcend partisan and educational lines that are often seen as indicative of anti-immigrant attitudes.” To see more of the article, use this link.

The above is the first paragraph of a post on the blog Political Violence at a Glance: Expert Analysis on Violence and Its Alternatives  by Princeton Politics department Ph.D. candidate Sharan Grewal, with Matthew Cebul (Yale) and Alexander Kustov (Princeton) on why it matters that people overestimate the number of Muslims in America (as a recent survey made clear). As Sharan says, “Drawing on our own survey data, we show that people who overestimate the number of Muslims are more likely to want to restrict or ban Muslims from entering the country.”

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