While most mainstream media polls show President Donald Trump trailing his Democratic rival, a new report suggests the president may have support from an unexpected demographic: Muslim Americans.
According to a poll from the Turkish news site Aksam Gazetesi, a survey of 109 Muslim American leaders found that 61.48% favor Trump. Only 30.27% said they back former Vice President Joe Biden, the Washington Examiner reported.
Those numbers could be significant given the number of Muslim voters who live in Michigan, a critical swing state that Trump carried by a narrow margin in 2016.
“Good words but no action”
These pro-Trump faith leaders “represent two million voters,” Aksam Gazetesi reported, which is a slightly larger margin than the number of Islamic leaders who supported former President Barack Obama in 2012, according to the Examiner.
Aksam’s Washington correspondent Yavuz Atalay told the Examiner that the results come down to perceptions about which candidate is “trustworthy.”
“Obama, Clinton said good words, but they did not do what they said. Biden is doing same things,” Atalay explained. “Good words but no action. Trump does what he says.”
Poll respondents also appeared to believe that Biden had engaged in pandering, with only 10% believing Biden was sincere when he said “God willing” in Arabic during the presidential debate.
“The voting address of the Muslim electorate seems to be in favor of Republican President Donald Trump,” Atalay wrote in an article Tuesday.
Trump gains with Black, Latino voters
Other polls show Trump has also been gaining ground among Black Americans and Hispanic Americans, two groups that tend to vote Democrat.
The polling site FiveThirtyEight noted this week that “Trump’s support among young Black voters (18 to 44) has jumped from around 10 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in UCLA Nationscape’s polling.”
The site pointed to “a similar story with younger Hispanic Americans,” with the president appearing to pick up support from younger members of the Latino community.
“According to UCLA Nationscape’s polling, Trump is attracting 35 percent of Hispanic voters under age 45, up from the 22 percent who backed him four years ago in the CCES data,” FiveThirtyEight reported. This is key for Trump because such individuals “are disproportionately concentrated in one especially vital swing state: Florida,” the site added.