Survey indicates many Muslims are undecided in presidential race

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations says a non-random survey of Muslim activists shows a fourth are undecided or dissatisfied with candidates in the presidential race.

Some 33 percent favored Al Gore, 28 percent were for George W. Bush, 7 percent for Pat Buchanan and 5 percent for Ralph Nader.

In the survey, 755 respondents returned questionnaires that were sent to 800 Islamic organizations and mosques to distribute among active members.

Though 64 percent backed Republican Party stands on moral issues like abortion and homosexuality, 31 percent favored the Democrats and only 17 percent the Republicans, while 43 percent said neither party reflected Muslim interests.

The council also announced a monthlong national voter registration drive.

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