Muslim Voter Exit Poll

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MUSLIM VOTER EXIT POLL

More than 70 percent of Muslim voters surveyed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) followed the endorsement of national Islamic political organizations in the Nov. 7 elections, according to an exit poll released in Washington, DC on Nov. 17. In October, the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council Political Action Committee (AMPCC-PAC), of which CAIR is a member organization, endorsed Texas Gov. George W. Bush. CAIR survey coordinators declared the bloc vote historic: "This poll, following as it does the first-ever endorsement of a presidential candidate, is a key indicator of future American-Muslim political participation," stated CAIR executive director Nihad Awad. Ninety-four percent of the voters surveyed said they had heard about the endorsement, and 85 percent of respondents said the endorsement was either the major factor or one of the factors that influenced their choice of candidates.

A September poll showed 40 percent of American Muslim voters favoring Bush, which rose to 72 percent after AMPCCPAC's endorsement. …