On Monday night, the Muslim Studies Program held a 'Muslims and U.S. Politics' event at the MSU International Center, where Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, D.C., was a guest lecturer.
At the lecture, Mogahed spoke about the findings of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding's 2018 American Muslim Poll.
The survey was conducted with a nationally represented sample of Muslims, Jews, Protestants, White Evangelicals, Catholics, nonaffiliated Americans, as well as the general public.
The total sample size was just shy of 2,500.
"The first thing that we discovered is that the majority of Americans actually support Muslim civil rights. However, Islamophobia does exist, and it's linked to things that most of us probably don't want," Mogahed said. "Like the approval of authoritarianism, condoning violence and anti-Muslim discrimination."