A large number of Americans would support some government restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslims, according to a Cornell University poll.
The university’s Media and Research Group released a survey in mid December, showing that 44 percent of respondents favored some restrictions on American Muslims’ civil liberties. Forty-eight percent were against any form of curtailment of civil liberties.
The poll also showed that people describing themselves as very religious were more likely to favor civil rights restrictions than those who described themselves as nonreligious. Sixty-seven percent of “highly religious” respondents favored restricting Muslims’ civil rights.
Respondents who watched lots of television news broadcasts were more likely to favor restricting civil liberties.
Some of the restrictions on civil rights favored by those surveyed included requiring Muslims to register with the federal government, allowing federal agents to “closely monitor” mosques and permitting undercover agents to infiltrate Muslim civil and volunteer organizations, the Religion News Service reported in late December.