Most Americans don’t fear Muslims in US, new poll finds

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(RNS) A woman with a patriotic head scarf sits in front of the US Capitol during a 2009 "Islam on Capitol Hill' event. Muslim leaders are now concerned about planned House hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims." RNS file photo by Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger.

(RNS) A woman with a patriotic head scarf sits in front of the US Capitol during a 2009 "Islam on Capitol Hill' event. Muslim leaders are now concerned about planned House hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims." RNS file photo by Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger.

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The poll, conducted after the California shooting, shows 51 percent of Americans -- including 60 percent of Democrats but only 30 percent of Republicans -- view Muslims in the U.S. the same as any other community,