Gallup survey finds Muslims are younger, more racially diverse
A national portrait
Apr 21, 2009
Muslims in America attend worship services as frequently as Protestant Americans. Among the nation’s faith groups, they are the most racially diverse. And they’re younger—more than a third of Muslim adults are between the ages 18 and 29, double the percentage of young U.S. adults overall.
So says a sweeping new study by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, which indicates that U.S. Muslims reflect both the successes and challenges of American life: although 30 percent of Muslim Americans work in professional occupations, another 27 percent said there were times in the previous year when they lacked enough money to buy the food they needed.
“I think one of the biggest myths that was shattered is that Muslim Americans are incredibly different from the rest of America, whereas we find that the community really reflects the rich . . . American mosaic,” said Dalia Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the center.