According to a poll commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League, concern over violence directed against both Muslims and Jews has increased substantially.
The poll showed that the majority of Americans, 76 percent, are concerned about violence directed at Muslims in the United States, while 52 percent expressed concern about violence directed at Jews.
Most American feel that U.S. President Donald Trump holds a range of prejudiced views. Fifty-nine percent said that Trump is anti-Muslim, 54 percent said that he is racist, and 53 percent that he is anti-Latino.
This follows Trump’s anti-immigrant policies that mainly targets Muslims and Latino, as has banned citizens of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for “security concerns”, and he also said he would make a wall between America and Mexico to keep “rapists” out of the country.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of Anti-Defamation League said the poll is in some way encouraging because it shows that “a record number of Americans are concerned about violence against the Jewish and Muslim communities, and are troubled at how intolerance has infected our politics.”
66 percent of Muslim Americans said they feel less safe in America since Trump was elected.
“It’s discouraging to know that Muslims and other minorities feel unsafe. Clearly there is still a lot of work to do,” Greenblatt said.