A new poll on American attitudes towards Muslims in the United States has revealed that the public isn't buying into a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric from elected officials and prominent public figures.
The poll, conducted by Probolsky Research on behalf of the group Muslim Advocates, found that a majority of Americans (more than 57 percent) have either no impression or feel neutral about Muslims. Nearly 18 percent of Americans said they have a positive impression of Muslims or say they're good people. And only 11 percent had a negative perception of them.
By the same token, more than 57 percent of respondents said that hate speech and violence against Muslims in America was on the rise.