Only around one quarter of Americans say they would vote for a Muslim presidential candidate if given the opportunity, according to a new survey.
Front running GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson was attacked by other candidates and the media following remarks that he wouldn’t support a Muslim candidate for president.
It turns out, however, that the majority of Americans agree with Carson.
While just 28% said they would be willing to support a Muslim in the White House, over half (51 percent) declared that they would not cast their vote for a Muslim.
One fifth of respondents opted to sit on the fence, saying they were undecided.
A further 52 percent said that they did not think that their family, friends or co-workers would be willing to vote a Muslim into office, with just 15 percent believing they would, and a third undecided.
“The large number of undecideds suggests that many voters are unwilling to reveal their opinion on what is seen as a controversial topic.” Rasmussen notes.
The poll further found that a large number of Americans, 71 percent, feel that political correctness is a significant problem, with a further 73 percent declaring that they feel they have to check themselves and take care not to say things that could be deemed offensive.
Other findings of the survey revealed that more than half, 52% believe the teachings of Islam encourage more violence than other religions, with three quarters expressing the belief that Islamic religious leaders should be doing more to spread messages of non-violence and peace.
The poll also discovered that 40 percent believe that the majority of Muslims in the world view the US as an enemy.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.