National Security Survey Conducted At 2006 American Muslim Conventions

Muslims For A Safe America conducted a survey at the Islamic Society of North America’s 43rd Annual Convention in Chicago from September 1, 2006 to September 4, 2006.

307 Muslims (men and women of a wide range of ages, races, ethnicities, and national origins) who are American citizens participated in the survey at the Muslims For A Safe America booth at ISNA.

The purpose of the survey was to better understand the views of American Muslims on issues relating to American national security. It is important to let American Muslims articulate their varied opinions on these issues in order to encourage dialogue within the American Muslim community and with the rest of American society.

Although this was not a scientific survey, because ISNA Convention attendees who visited the Muslims For A Safe America booth are not necessarily representative of the American Muslim community as a whole, the validity of the results has been supported by other scientific surveys.

Furthermore, the same survey was conducted at the Muslim American Society/Islamic Circle of North America Annual Convention in Dearborn in December 2006. Results at ISNA and MAS/ICNA were similar in terms of percentages.

The responses from the 2006 ISNA Convention are as follows:

1. Are you a U.S. Citizen? (If no, then don’t fill out survey.)
YES 307 (100%)
NO 0 (0%)

2. Do you consider yourself to be a Muslim first, an American first, or both equally?
MUSLIM FIRST 214 (70%)
AMERICAN FIRST 4 (1%)
BOTH EQUALLY 86 (28%)
DID NOT ANSWER 3 (1%)

3. Is the American government at war with the religion of Islam?
YES 208 (68%)
NO 79 (26%)
DID NOT ANSWER 20 (7%)

4. Can a good Muslim be a good American?
YES 292 (95%)
NO 11 (4%)
DID NOT ANSWER 4 (1%)

5. Did Muslims hijack planes and fly them into buildings on 9/11?
YES 117 (38%)
NO 139 (45%)
DID NOT ANSWER 51 (17%)

6. Did the U.S. government have advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, and allow the attacks to occur?
YES 200 (65%)
NO 70 (23%)
DID NOT ANSWER 37 (12%)

7. Did the U.S. government organize the 9/11 attacks?
YES 106 (35%)
NO 151 (49%)
DID NOT ANSWER 50 (16%)

8. Are the tapes of Osama Bin Laden, claiming responsibility for the 9/11 attacks and threatening future attacks, real or fake?
REAL 126 (41%)
FAKE 129 (42%)
DID NOT ANSWER 52 (17%)

9. Did Muslims commit the July 2005 train and bus bombings in London?
YES 140 (46%)
NO 104 (34%)
DID NOT ANSWER 63 (21%)

10. The Canadian government says it stopped a plot by Canadian Muslims in June 2006 to attack targets in Canada. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
YES 61 (20%)
NO 202 (66%)
DID NOT ANSWER 44 (14%)

11. The British government says it stopped a plot by British Muslims in August 2006 to bomb planes flying to America. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
YES 66 (21%)
NO 191 (62%)
DID NOT ANSWER 50 (16%)

12. Is Al Qaeda a real organization, operated by Muslims who are trying to attack America?
YES 149 (49%)
NO 109 (36%)
DID NOT ANSWER 49 (15%)

13. Is Al Qaeda attacking America because Al Qaeda hates American freedoms?
YES 17 (6%)
NO 269 (88%)
DID NOT ANSWER 21 (6%)

14. Is Al Qaeda attacking America because Al Qaeda hates American involvement in the Muslim world?
YES 228 (74%)
NO 54 (18%)
DID NOT ANSWER 25 (8%)

15. Is it justifiable for the U.S. government to do any of the following in an attempt to prevent terrorist attacks in America:

a. taking religion and ethnicity into account as one factor when deciding whom to interview and search at airports?
YES 37 (12%)
NO 258 (84%)
DID NOT ANSWER 12 (4%)

b. monitoring activities at American mosques?
YES 43 (14%)
NO 255 (83%)
DID NOT ANSWER 9 (3%)

c. listening to phone calls of people in America whom the government claims are connected in some way with Al Qaeda?
YES 64 (21%)
NO 232 (76%)
DID NOT ANSWER 11 (3%)

d. having an informer pretend to support or encourage violence against America, to see if the targeted Muslims will decide to attack American targets?
YES 35 (11%)
NO 258 (84%)
DID NOT ANSWER 14 (5%)

e. monitoring Muslim charities in America, in the hopes of preventing funding for possible terrorist attacks?
YES 52 (17%)
NO 242 (79%)
DID NOT ANSWER 13 (4%)

f. focusing Immigration & Customs Enforcement resources on deporting Muslim illegal aliens, who have not been convicted of terrorism, in the hopes of disrupting possible Al Qaeda attacks?
YES 29 (9%)
NO 263 (86%)
DID NOT ANSWER 15 (5%)

g. allowing Muslim illegal aliens to stay in America if they agree to work as informants, monitoring the Muslim community for the government?
YES 21 (7%)
NO 277 (90%)
DID NOT ANSWER 9 (3%)

h. torturing suspected Al Qaeda members to get information about possible planned attacks?
YES 14 (5%)
NO 278 (91%)
DID NOT ANSWER 15 (4%)

16. Do you believe that your local mosque is being monitored by wiretaps, government agents, or informants?
YES 227 (74%)
NO 59 (19%)
DID NOT ANSWER 21 (7%)

17. Do you believe that your personal phone calls are being listened to, or that your personal mail or email is being read, by the U.S. government?
YES 205 (67%)
NO 78 (25%)
DID NOT ANSWER 24 (8%)

18. Do you believe that your home is bugged by the U.S. government?
YES 97 (32%)
NO 189 (62%)
DID NOT ANSWER 21 (6%)

19. Do you believe that the U.S. government has secretly searched your home?
YES 43 (14%)
NO 245 (80%)
DID NOT ANSWER 19 (6%)

20. If you, or a member of your family, have been questioned by the federal government at any time after 9/11, how were you treated during the interview?
TREATED WELL 65 (21%)
TREATED BADLY 25 (8%)
DID NOT ANSWER 217 (71%)

21. Should Iran develop nuclear weapons?
YES 161 (52%)
NO 123 (40%)
DID NOT ANSWER 23 (8%)

22. Should America attack Iran to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons?
YES 10 (3%)
NO 292 (95%)
DID NOT ANSWER 5 (2%)

23. Was America justified in invading Iraq in 2003?
YES 8 (3%)
NO 294 (96%)
DID NOT ANSWER 5 (2%)

24. Should American troops leave Iraq immediately, or stay there until the Iraqi government and Iraqi military are stronger?
LEAVE NOW 199 (65%)
LEAVE LATER 86 (28%)
DID NOT ANSWER 22 (7%)

25. Was America justified in invading Afghanistan after 9/11?
YES 51 (17%)
NO 248 (81%)
DID NOT ANSWER 8 (3%)

26. Is violence by Muslims against American civilians acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
YES 23 (7%)
NO 274 (89%)
DID NOT ANSWER 10 (3%)

27. Is violence by Muslims against the American military overseas acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
YES 134 (44%)
NO 154 (50%)
DID NOT ANSWER 19 (6%)

28. Is violence by Muslims against the American military in the U.S. acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
YES 73 (24%)
NO 211 (69%)
DID NOT ANSWER 23 (7%)

29. Is violence by Muslims against American government officials acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
YES 51 (17%)
NO 231 (75%)
DID NOT ANSWER 25 (8%)

30. If you learned about a plot by Muslims to attack targets inside America, would you tell law enforcement authorities?
YES 234 (76%)
NO 39 (13%)
DID NOT ANSWER 34 (11%)

These survey results (above) are based on 307 responses from American Muslims (Muslims who are U.S. citizens) who visited the booth of Muslims for A Safe America during 2006 ISNA Annual Convention.

The same survey was conducted at the Muslim American Society/Islamic Circle of North America’s Annual Convention in Dearborn from December 23, 2006 to December 24, 2006.

48 Muslims who are American citizens participated in the survey at the Muslims For A Safe America booth at MAS/ICNA.

The results, which were similar (in terms of percentages) to the results at the ISNA Convention, are as follows:

1. Are you a U.S. Citizen? (If no, then don’t fill out survey.)
YES 48 (100%)
NO 0 (0%)

2. Do you consider yourself to be a Muslim first, an American first, or both equally?
MUSLIM FIRST 35 (73%)
AMERICAN FIRST 2 (4%)
BOTH EQUALLY 10 (21%)
DID NOT ANSWER 1 (2%)

3. Is the American government at war with the religion of Islam?
YES 32 (67%)
NO 15 (31%)
DID NOT ANSWER 1 (2%)

4. Can a good Muslim be a good American?
YES 46 (96%)
NO 2 (4%)
DID NOT ANSWER 0 (0%)

5. Did Muslims hijack planes and fly them into buildings on 9/11?
YES 14 (29%)
NO 32 (67%)
DID NOT ANSWER 2 (4%)

6. Did the U.S. government have advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, and allow the attacks to occur?
YES 28 (58%)
NO 13 (27%)
DID NOT ANSWER 7 (15%)

7. Did the U.S. government organize the 9/11 attacks?
YES 19 (40%)
NO 19 (40%)
DID NOT ANSWER 10 (20%)

8. Are the tapes of Osama Bin Laden, claiming responsibility for the 9/11 attacks and threatening future attacks, real or fake?
REAL 16 (33%)
FAKE 23 (48%)
DID NOT ANSWER 9 (19%)

9. Did Muslims commit the July 2005 train and bus bombings in London?
YES 16 (33%)
NO 21 (44%)
DID NOT ANSWER 11 (23%)

10. The Canadian government says it stopped a plot by Canadian Muslims in June 2006 to attack targets in Canada. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
YES 6 (13%)
NO 30 (63%)
DID NOT ANSWER 12 (24%)

11. The British government says it stopped a plot by British Muslims in August 2006 to bomb planes flying to America. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
YES 4 (8%)
NO 36 (75%)
DID NOT ANSWER 8 (17%)

12. Is Al Qaeda a real organization, operated by Muslims who are trying to attack America?
YES 25 (52%)
NO 23 (48%)
DID NOT ANSWER 0 (0%)

13. Is Al Qaeda attacking America because Al Qaeda hates American freedoms?
YES 5 (10%)
NO 40 (83%)
DID NOT ANSWER 3 (7%)

14. Is Al Qaeda attacking America because Al Qaeda hates American involvement in the Muslim world?
YES 34 (71%)
NO 9 (19%)
DID NOT ANSWER 5 (10%)

15. Is it justifiable for the U.S. government to do any of the following in an attempt to prevent terrorist attacks in America:

a. taking religion and ethnicity into account as one factor when deciding whom to interview and search at airports?
YES 9 (19%)
NO 37 (77%)
DID NOT ANSWER 2 (4%)

b. monitoring activities at American mosques?
YES 8 (17%)
NO 38 (79%)
DID NOT ANSWER 2 (4%)

c. listening to phone calls of people in America whom the government claims are connected in some way with Al Qaeda?
YES 9 (19%)
NO 37 (77%)
DID NOT ANSWER 2 (4%)

d. having an informer pretend to support or encourage violence against America, to see if the targeted Muslims will decide to attack American targets?
YES 8 (17%)
NO 38 (79%)
DID NOT ANSWER 2 (4%)

e. monitoring Muslim charities in America, in the hopes of preventing funding for possible terrorist attacks?
YES 12 (25%)
NO 34 (71%)
DID NOT ANSWER 2 (4%)

f. focusing Immigration & Customs Enforcement resources on deporting Muslim illegal aliens, who have not been convicted of terrorism, in the hopes of disrupting possible Al Qaeda attacks?
YES 7 (15%)
NO 36 (75%)
DID NOT ANSWER 5 (10%)

g. allowing Muslim illegal aliens to stay in America if they agree to work as informants, monitoring the Muslim community for the government?
YES 5 (10%)
NO 38 (79%)
DID NOT ANSWER 5 (11%)

h. torturing suspected Al Qaeda members to get information about possible planned attacks?
YES 8 (17%)
NO 37 (77%)
DID NOT ANSWER 3 (6%)

16. Do you believe that your local mosque is being monitored by wiretaps, government agents, or informants?
YES 34 (71%)
NO 12 (25%)
DID NOT ANSWER 2 (4%)

17. Do you believe that your personal phone calls are being listened to, or that your personal mail or email is being read, by the U.S. government?
YES 28 (58%)
NO 14 (29%)
DID NOT ANSWER 6 (13%)

18. Do you believe that your home is bugged by the U.S. government?
YES 15 (31%)
NO 29 (60%)
DID NOT ANSWER 4 (9%)

19. Do you believe that the U.S. government has secretly searched your home?
YES 9 (19%)
NO 36 (75%)
DID NOT ANSWER 3 (6%)

20. If you, or a member of your family, have been questioned by the federal government at any time after 9/11, how were you treated during the interview?
TREATED WELL 10 (21%)
TREATED BADLY 2 (4%)
DID NOT ANSWER 36 (75%)

21. Should Iran develop nuclear weapons?
YES 26 (54%)
NO 16 (33%)
DID NOT ANSWER 6 (13%)

22. Should America attack Iran to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons?
YES 5 (10%)
NO 40 (83%)
DID NOT ANSWER 3 (7%)

23. Was America justified in invading Iraq in 2003?
YES 3 (6%)
NO 42 (88%)
DID NOT ANSWER 3 (6%)

24. Should American troops leave Iraq immediately, or stay there until the Iraqi government and Iraqi military are stronger?
LEAVE NOW 34 (71%)
LEAVE LATER 9 (19%)
DID NOT ANSWER 5 (10%)

25. Was America justified in invading Afghanistan after 9/11?
YES 2 (4%)
NO 38 (79%)
DID NOT ANSWER 8 (17%)

26. Is violence by Muslims against American civilians acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
YES 5 (10%)
NO 39 (81%)
DID NOT ANSWER 4 (9%)

27. Is violence by Muslims against the American military overseas acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
YES 18 (38%)
NO 26 (54%)
DID NOT ANSWER 4 (8%)

28. Is violence by Muslims against the American military in the U.S. acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
YES 6 (13%)
NO 40 (83%)
DID NOT ANSWER 2 (4%)

29. Is violence by Muslims against American government officials acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
YES 6 (13%)
NO 38 (79%)
DID NOT ANSWER 4 (8%)

30. If you learned about a plot by Muslims to attack targets inside America, would you tell law enforcement authorities?
YES 37 (77%)
NO 8 (17%)
DID NOT ANSWER 3 (6%)

This second set of survey results is based on 48 responses from American Muslims (Muslims who are U.S. citizens) who visited the booth of Muslims for A Safe America during 2006 MAS/ICNA Annual Convention.

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