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Discrimination, marriage & religion large part of Indian Am life

A new survey of 1,200 Indian Americans found they are likely to experience discrimination, discuss politics and marry and associate within their own community.

Those are the findings of a newly released report by the Carnegie Endowment for U.S. Peace based on polling conducted by Yougov.

Most distressing, one out of two Indian Americans report they felt discriminated against in the last year.

30% blame the discrimination on the color of their skin while 16-18 percent each thought the discrimination they encountered was due to country of origin, their religion or their gender.

Interestingly Indians born in America were more likely to feel discriminated against than those from India. 39% of Muslims report religious discrimination versus just 18 percent of Hindus and 15 percent of Christians.

54% of Indian Americans are Hindus, compared to 13% Muslims and 11% Christian. 72% describe their religion as either very important or somewhat important in their life. 40% say they pray at least once per day, yet only 27% attended religious services once per week.

Indian Americans also report a high rate of marriage and low rate of divorce. 80% say they are currently with a spouse or partner with most marrying within their own community.

One in two Indian Americans report discussing politics in the last year with 1 in 5 Indian Americans contributing financial to a political campaign.

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