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CAIR Midterm Exit Poll Shows 74% Turnout for Registered Muslim Voters, 58% Voting for Democrats, 16% Republicans


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/10/22) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released the results of its nationwide live telephone exit poll survey of registered Muslim voters.   

The snap poll contacted mobile cellphone users and was conducted November 8th to 9th, 2022 by Voicelogic.  

CAIR’s poll of 211 registered Muslim voters with mobile cellphones indicated a high Muslim turnout, with 74 percent reporting that they voted in the midterm election.   

The top three issues motivating Muslim voters in the election were the economy (31%), followed by civil rights (16%) and social issues (13%).  

Fifty-eight percent of Muslim voters reported voting for Democratic Party candidates and 16 percent reported voting for Republican candidates. Another 22 percent declined to answer which political party they voted for.  

Looking ahead to the next presidential election, 40 percent of Muslim voters reported that they did not "want President Joe Biden to run for reelection in 2024," while 20 said they did want Biden to run for re-election, while 27 percent were unsure, and 13 percent declined to answer the question.   

In a statement, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw said:   

"CAIR's snap midterm exit poll of Muslim voters shows more Muslims still favor the Democratic Party and significant number of Muslims continue to vote Republican.  

"Like most Americans, Muslim voters were most concerned about the economy, followed by civil rights and social issues.  

"Looking ahead to the 2024 presidential election, 40 percent of Muslim voters reported not wanting President Biden to run for a second term in office.  

"Overall, American Muslim voter turnout, candidate participation and electoral victories in this year's midterm election demonstrate the growing strength and political capacity our community and its leaders."  

Detailed Survey Results  

Q1. Did you vote in the 2022 November midterm election?    

1. 74% Yes (157 responses)  

2. 26% No (54 responses)  

Q2. Which party did you primarily vote for?     

(Note: All respondents must have answered “Yes” to Q1.)   

1. 16% Republican (25 responses)  

2. 58% Democratic (91 responses)  

3. < 1% Libertarian (1 response)  

4. 3% Other (5 responses)  

5. 22% Declines to answer (35 responses)  

Q3. What was the most important issue to you in this election?   

(Note: Respondents could select one answer only)   

1. 31% Economy (49 responses)  

2. 16% Civil rights (25 responses)                                   

3. 13% Social issues (20 responses)  

4. 4% Foreign Policy (7 responses)  

5. 8% Election integrity (13 responses)  

6. 10% Other (16 responses)  

7. 17% Declines to answer (27 responses)  

Q4. Do you want President Joe Biden to run for reelection in 2024?   

(Note: Respondents could select one answer only)   

1. 20% Yes (32 responses)  

2. 40% No (63 responses)   

3. 27% Not sure (42 responses)  

4. 13% Declines to answer (20 responses)  

Q5. Demographic Question: What is your gender?   

1. 38% Female (61 respondents)  

2.  61% Male (96 respondents)  

Q6. Demographic Question: What state do you live in?  

State  Number of Respondents  

CA  12  

CT  9  

DC  8  

FL  15  

GA  10  

IL  9  

KS  4  

KY  9  

MA  6  

MD  13  

MI  4  

MN  1  

NJ    8  

NY  6  

OH  2  

OK  7  

PA  7  

TX  2  

VA  8  

WA  17  

Total respondents  157  


Yesterday, CAIR and Jetpac Resource Center reported a final count of 82 local, state legislative, statewide, judicial, and federal American Muslim electoral victories in Tuesday's midterm election.    

The 82 elected Muslim candidates in the midterm election is the highest since Jetpac and CAIR started tracking the electoral progress of American Muslims – 71, the previous high-water mark was set in 2020.    

The Muslim organizations tracked the general election results of a record breaking 146 American Muslim candidates running for local, state and federal office, including 51 state legislative candidates running in 23 states.   

The total number of Muslim state lawmakers nationwide rose to 43. Muslims also for the first time were elected to state legislatures in Maine, Illinois, Ohio, and Texas. 

Last month, CAIR and Jetpac released the first national directory of local, state and federal elected Muslim officials and judges.  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.      

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.