PEW research from 2007 showed that:
47% of US Muslims interviewd think themself as Muslim first. In the UK, the figure is 81%, in France it is 46%, Spain 69% and in Germany it is 66%. (see page 3 of report)
- These are the principal findings of a nationwide survey of 1,050 Muslim adults living in the United States.
- The survey finds that roughly two-thirds (65%) of adult Muslims living in the United States were born elsewhere, and 39% have come to the U.S. since 1990.
- Among native-born Muslims, slightly more than half are African American (20% of U.S. Muslims overall), many of whom are converts to Islam.
- The poll reveals that Muslims in the United States reject Islamic extremism by larger margins than do Muslim minorities in Western European countries, when compared with results from a 2006 Pew Global Attitudes Project survey.
- Fewer native-born African American Muslims than others completely condemn al Qaeda. In addition, younger Muslims in the U.S. are more likely than older Muslim Americans to express a strong sense of Muslim identity, and are much more likely to say that suicide bombing in the defense of Islam can be at least sometimes justified.
- [...] many doubt that Arabs were responsible for the 9/11attacks. Just 40% of Muslim Americans say groups of Arabs carried out those attacks.
- And by nearly two-to-one (63%-32%) Muslim Americans do not see a conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern society.
Just 26% say the U.S.-led war on terror is a sincere effort to reduce international terrorism. By contrast, a Pew survey of the general public in 2004 found 67% saying the U.S.-led war on terror is a sincere effort to reduce terrorism.