Tale of 2 Surveys: What U.S. Muslims Believe

Bob Unruh, WND, November 14, 2012

A recent WND/Wenzel poll that assessed the attitudes of American Muslims—finding that nearly half say parodies of Muhammad should be prosecuted criminally and offenders given punishments up to the death penalty— appears to have been confirmed by an unlikely source:  the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The Islamic activists also took a poll, and while it didn’t ask the question about Muhammad parodies, it did ask another question similar to the WND/Wenzel poll, and the results were similar.

The CAIR assessment said 68 percent of the respondents, in a survey of 500, said they planned to vote for Barack Obama, 7 percent said they would pick Mitt Romney and 25 percent were undecided.

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The groundbreaking scientific WND/Wenzel result, which was compiled several days before the CAIR survey by Wenzel Strategies, found that American Muslims consider mocking Muhammad so serious one in eight believes an offender should face the death penalty.

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The WND/Wenzel poll also found 40 percent of Muslims in America believe they should not be judged by U.S. law and the Constitution but by Shariah standards.

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“Almost half of those Muslims surveyed—an astonishing 46 percent—said they believe those Americans who offer criticism or parodies of Islam should face criminal charges,” said pollster Fritz Wenzel in an analysis of the survey’s results.

“Even more shocking: One in eight respondents said they think those Americans who criticize or parody Islam should face the death penalty, while another nine percent said they were unsure on the question,” he said.

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In Wenzel’s poll, 7.2 percent of the respondents said they “strongly agree” with executing those who parody Islam, and another 4.3 percent said they somewhat agree.

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One in five say Muslim men should be allowed to follow their religion in America and have more than one wife, and 58 percent said criticism of their religion or of Muhammad should not be allowed under the Constitution.

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The Pew Research Center estimates America is home to some 2.6 million Muslims.

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