Report: American Muslims more worried since Trump has taken office

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Fatima Islam, 16, from left, Subhya Abdullatif, 17, Bisma Parekh, 16, Barira Khan, 19, Hala Thiab, 15, and Salma Zeidat, 14, all from Houston, say the Pledge of Allegiance during Muslim Day at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday Jan. 31, 2017. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, a majority of American Muslims have reported feeling more worried and subject to greater discrimination due to their religion.

The findings by a newly released Pew Research report stems from questions posed to American Muslims from Trump’s January 2017 inauguration to May of 2017.

Among U.S. Muslims, widespread concern about place in American society

While two-thirds of American Muslims reported being dissatisfied with the direction that the United States is headed in, the vast majority (80 percent) said they are satisfied with the projection of their own lives.

The increased level of concern within the American Muslim community comes in the first year of the Trump presidency. Seventy-four percent of those surveyed believe that Trump is unfriendly to Muslims, compared to the 64 percent of those surveyed in 2011, who believed Obama was overwhelmingly friendly towards Muslims.

Most U.S. Muslims dissatisfied with direction of country, wary of Trump

Within his first week of becoming president, Trump signed the so-called travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations, which also proposed blocking Syrian refugees from entering the United States. The order and the ability to implement it, have since been challenged in U.S. courts.

In the past year, 48 percent of American Muslims said they have experienced some sort of discrimination based on their religion, according to the study.

Half of U.S. Muslims experienced at least one instance of religious discrimination in the past year

In an age of increased surveillance in the name of national security in the United States, 15 percent of U.S. Muslims report being very worried about the government monitoring their phone calls or emails due to their religion.

However, despite the increased incidents of discrimination, 49 percent of Muslim Americans reported that they have received support from others because of their religion in the past year. In the same vein, the report showed that 89 percent of Muslims say they are proud to be both American and Muslim.

Nine-in-ten Muslims proud to be American