The Times polled 1,273 adults nationwide on Feb. 18-19 regarding their views on Islam. "Not aware" or "don't know" were common responses to the questions.
* What is your impression of the religion called Islam? Unfavorable: 22%
Not aware / don't know: 64%
* Do you think the religion called Islam is compatible with Western-style political democracy or is it basically an anti-democratic religion?
Comparable wit democracy: 10%
Don't know: 49%
* Do you think the religion called Islam poses a threat to the security of the United States and its Western allies or not?
No threat: 37%
Don't know: 34%
* When you think of the religion called Islam, what comes to your mind?
Middle East: 16%
Arab countries: 9%
Malcolm X: 3%
Black Muslims in U.S.: 3%
Great religion: 2%
Other answers: 30%
Nothing/don't know: 37%
Who Are the American Muslims?
Immigrants constitute 56% of the U.S. Muslim population; 44% is indigenous. States with the highest concentrations are California, New York, Illinois and New Jersey.
African American: 42%
South Asian or Southeast Asian: 26.4%
African (immigrant): 5.2%
Other (including Eastern Europeans): 5.6%
Source: American Muslim Council