MPAC Youth Survey Reveals Level of Political Interest

June 28, 2012

After surveying more than 700 American Muslim youth on their identity and political behavior, MPAC and Missouri State University's (MSU) Poll Research Center found that parents have a direct effect on their children's political engagement.

In other words, more politically engaged parents allow for more politically engaged youth. 

In late May, MPAC presented at its monthly Young Leaders webinar these and other findings from a groundbreaking research project about American Muslim youth and their concepts of identity. The research was a joint collaboration between MPAC and Dr. Brian Calfano, Director of MSU's Poll Research Center. 

The study examined how one feels about his or her identity and the affect it has on political behavior. During the survey, participants aged 18-25 were asked how they felt about being American or Muslim and how welcome they felt in the U.S.

The findings also showed that Arabs who were confronted with questions about religious commitment and identity were more likely to say that they were concerned about surveillance and civil liberties. This finding implies that questions about religious commitment also increase concern about civil liberties.

To conduct research, MPAC surveyed youth around the country throughout July 2011 to get input on how they feel about civic/religious identity, religious practice and their political behaviors/attitudes.

Following the research presentation, there was an interactive forum that allowed the audience to share their thoughts and experience.

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