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Survey Finds President Trump Has Far More Support From Muslim Voters Than Joe Biden


A new survey has found that Muslim voters are backing President Trump over Joe Biden, and by a large margin.

Democrats and the media have spent years falsely describing Trump’s temporary travel ban as a “Muslim ban” in an obvious effort to portray him as anti-Muslim. This has obviously failed.

Trump’s approval among Muslim’s is even higher than Obama’s was in 2012, according to the survey.

The Washington Examiner reports:

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‘Trump does what he says’: Muslims abandon Biden, back president

President Trump, whose Middle East plan is winning support from Arab nations, is gaining strong support from Muslim leaders and their followers who believe that the Democrats haven’t delivered on years of promises, according to a new survey of Islamic leaders.

In a shocking turnaround, 61.48% of the 109 Muslim leaders who “represent two million voters” plan to vote for Trump. That is a slight edge over their 2012 vote for Barack Obama.

The survey of the leaders was done by the Washington correspondent for Aksam Gazetesi, a Turkish news site. It suggested that the Muslim leaders’ support for former Vice President Joe Biden was 30.27%.

Those results represent a dramatic flip of the Muslim vote, which for years has sided with the Democrats.

Aksam’s Washington correspondent Yavuz Atalay shared his results with Secrets and said, “It’s about the trustworthy. Obama, Clinton said good words, but they did not do what they said. Biden is doing same things. Good words but no action. Trump does what he says.”

This is a remarkable development which is being largely ignored by the mainstream media.

Here’s an interesting theory about the support:

It will be fascinating to revisit this after the election to analyze the results.

Cross posted from American Lookout.





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LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Survey: 40% Have Considered Suicide In The Past Year : Shots


Forty percent of young LGBTQ people have considered suicide in the last year; that rises to more than half for trans and non-binary youth.

That’s according to the second annual survey on LGBTQ youth mental health by The Trevor Project. The non-profit organization provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ people under the age of 25.

Two years of data isn’t enough to show trends, says clinical psychologist Amy Green, who is also the director of research at The Trevor Project. But what they do show, she says, is that “the numbers are high and staying high, in terms of mental health.”

“LGBTQ youth already deal with housing instability, food insecurity and trouble accessing health care,” she says. “All of that is exacerbated by a pandemic.”

Help is available

If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, contact The Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeline 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, via chat every day or by texting “START” to 678-678.

More than 40,000 people, age 13 to 24, responded to the survey, which The Trevor Project says is the largest of its kind. It was conducted between December 2019 and March 2020 — as COVID-19 restrictions began to take hold.

Many students and recent graduates had to decide whether to move back in with their families.

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For 24-year old Mia Soza, going home was not an option. Soza moved to Nashville earlier this year. She quit her job at a flower shop when the stress of dealing with racist customers got to be too much. Living in a new city was already hard; the pandemic and unemployment only added to the pressure.

Soza says she hasn’t met anyone in Nashville who she can relate to about being “queer and brown.”

“I am very unstable right now,” Soza says. “I am lucky to be living with friends. But I don’t receive any support from my parents, largely because they don’t really accept me because of my identity. They are Trump supporters and also Latino.”

That sentiment is reflected in the survey results as well: 86% of LGBTQ youth said recent politics have negatively impacted their well-being, up from 76% last year.

While it’s “liberating to feel the comfort of knowing” who she is, Soza says she feels like a lot of things haven’t changed since her middle and high school days. “I feel very much like that kid, there is no one to talk to.”

The survey found that 46% of LGBTQ youth said they wanted counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in the past 12 months. The top barriers were affordability and parental permission.

Not being accepted by family members also can have an impact on mental health. Six out of 10 LGBTQ youth said that someone — a relative, religious leader — tried to convince them to change their sexuality or gender.

But even those who live in an accepting family face challenges.

Madison Hall was laid off from her job in February and had plans to go home to visit her parents in March. But her two-week stay turned into multiple months due to the pandemic. The 23-year-old says it’s the longest she’s spent with her parents since coming out to them as trans.

Hall says her parents were always affirming. Yet, she says, she still wasn’t comfortable being her full self in front of them when she moved back in. She characterizes the process as a “trust exercise,” requiring much back and forth.

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“Yes, I’m her daughter and child, but those ‘Let me dress you up’ kind of bonds that stem from childhood aren’t necessarily there,” Hall says of her mom. “She wants to be let in, and I have to let my parents in. I think that’s probably a good metaphor to transitioning in general for me. It’s letting them know a little, little by little, until we’re on the same page.”

The time together is improving Hall’s relationship with her parents, and she says it’s had a positive effect on her mental health.

Amit Paley, CEO of The Trevor Project, says that one affirming adult can have a big impact on LGBTQ youth.

“We saw that LGBTQ young people who have an accepting adult in their lives were 40% less likely to attempt suicide, which is is a huge impact from a public health perspective,” he said during an interview with NPR.

Rhys Hilicki, 17, also has supportive parents. When he came out to them as trans two years ago, Hilicki says they began calling him by his correct name and pronouns almost immediately.

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“They remind me to take my medicine and my testosterone shots, they’ve supported me through my transition and helped me financially with it,” he says. “And they’ve really helped me come out of my shell.”

Hilicki says knowing his parents see him fully helps with his depression and anxiety.

Feelings like these are common among LGBTQ youth: 68% percent said they’d experienced generalized anxiety disorder in the past two weeks at the time of the survey, including more than three in four transgender and non-binary youth.

Paley says he hopes the survey results help inform efforts to improve mental health outcomes for the community.

“The reason they face these elevated risks of suicide is not because there is something inherently wrong with LGBTQ people,” he says. “The reason that they are facing these negative outcomes is because of the discrimination and bias that exists in society today.”

The survey found one in three LGBTQ youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their LGBTQ identity. Paley says support from parents and guardians can save lives.

“We hope that people will see those stories of parents who are understanding that when someone comes out it doesn’t change who they are,” he says. “It’s just a part of their identity and it allows them to hopefully be their fuller selves.”



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Pandemic Has ER Docs Stressed Out and Weary: Survey


TUESDAY, July 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The coronavirus pandemic has left many U.S. emergency doctors with high levels of anxiety and emotional exhaustion, a new study finds.

The research included 426 emergency doctors (median age: 35) in seven cities in California, Louisiana and New Jersey who were surveyed during the early stages of the outbreak.

The doctors reported having moderate to severe anxiety at work and at home. They expressed worry about exposing relatives and friends to the new coronavirus, and most reported changes in behavior toward family and friends — especially fewer signs of affection.

Overall, women doctors reported slightly higher stress than men.

On scale of 1 to 7, with 7 representing extreme stress, women doctors pegged the pandemic’s impact at a 6 both at work and at home. The median for men was 5 for both. Median means half reported more stress, half reported less.

Both said levels of emotional exhaustion or burnout had increased from a median of 3 before the pandemic to a 4.

“Some of our findings may be intuitive, but this research provides a critical early template for the design and implementation of interventions that will address the mental health needs of emergency physicians in the COVID-19 pandemic era,” said lead author Dr. Robert Rodriguez, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) brought the greatest concern, and doctors most often said that addressing the problem would do the most to reduce their anxiety.

The doctors also expressed concerns about a shortage of rapid turnaround testing, the risk of community spread by discharged patients, and the well-being of coworkers diagnosed with COVID-19.

To reduce anxiety, they called for improved access to PPE; increased availability of quick turnaround testing, and clear communication of changes in COVID-19 protocols; as well as guaranteed access to self-testing and personal leave for front-line providers.

The findings were published July 21 in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine.

“Occupational exposure has changed the vast majority of physicians’ behavior at both work and home,” Rodriguez said in a university news release. “At home, doctors are worried about exposing family members or roommates, possibly needing to self-quarantine, and the effects of excess social isolation because of their work on the front line.”





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More than a third of military families said they have no one to ask for a favor, survey found


Like 70% of military families, they lived off base in a civilian community.

She remembered a neighbor offering to watch her son, then a baby, to give her a short reprieve.

“Pass Matthew over,” she recalled her saying. “Go take a shower.”

“It’s amazing what a 15 minute break will do for you,” Wieten-Scott said.

In Anchorage, Wieten-Scott and her husband found connections with a young adult group at a local church as well as with her civilian neighbors.

“They were amazing,” she recalled.

There were dinner invitations and running partners. One neighbor even plowed the snow from her driveway.

But now she and her family are assigned to a base in New Jersey where they have had a very different experience.

“It has been hellacious. I finally have one friend 18 months later who I can call and ask to pick up my child at school,” she says.

“One.”

More than a third of military families who participated in Blue Star Families’ tenth annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey said they have no one to ask for a favor. The poll — the largest and most comprehensive of its kind — found that isolation from family and friends has grown as a key stressor, ranked even higher by military families than deployments.

The survey provides a yearly snapshot of the challenges and experiences military families encounter in order to inform local communities, national policymakers and philanthropies. It also aims to minimize the civilian-military divide.

Last year, over 11,000 respondents told Blue Star Families their top stressors were financial issues and relocation stress. As in past surveys, respondents listed their major concerns as time away from family, military spouse employment, education for their children and lack of control over their military career. But the increasing struggle with isolation stood out.

Even as advocates view military family isolation as a drag on military readiness and national security, solutions to this problem are evident.

Employment provides a social connection to military spouses as much as a much needed second income.

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But as the nation enjoys a 3.6% unemployment rate, 24% of military spouses are unemployed and as many as 32% may be underemployed, according to the most recent statistics from the Defense Department’s Office of People Analytics.

Leticia Limbo works at a Starbucks near her husband’s current duty station close to San Diego, after transferring from another location of the coffee giant at his last posting, Port Hueneme, farther up the California coast.

She wears an apron that says “Navy Spouse” on it.

“I wear that apron with so much pride because it’s a conversation starter,” she says. Civilians would go out of their way to talk to her, she says, and it’s an open invitation for other military spouses to make a connection with her.

Brittney Allen, an Army spouse of 13 years who left the military herself in 2007 to pursue social work, has experienced gaps in her employment, encountering agencies that don’t want to hire a military spouse who could be on the move in a couple years.

“I love to work. I truly love to work. I like to have my work friends and a sense of purpose,” she said, insisting that employers should see opportunity in hiring military spouses.

Leticia Limbo with her husband and son. Photo courtesy of the Limbo family.

“We are able to adapt and overcome in any situation. We are resilient. We have a lot to offer.”

The disconnect between communities, employers and military families also extends to the civilian schools that most military children attend.

The vast majority of Americans have no connection to a member of the nation’s all-volunteer force and, as a result, lack basic knowledge about the unique experiences of their families.

Half of the families surveyed in the 2019 Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey said their local civilian community has limited awareness, understanding and support for military and veteran families.

For Wieten-Scott, a lack of cultural sensitivity to military families contributed to a very difficult kindergarten year for her son, Matthew.

He began acting out in class and experiencing intense bouts of anxiety at his civilian school in New Jersey. The classroom staff, Wieten-Scott said, exacerbated the problem.

Planning a family around a war

“We knew that Matthew was struggling,” she said. “We did everything we could to sign him up for success and it was roadblock after roadblock.”

She pointed to the lack of control military families have over their schedules and the occasional need to prioritize precious family time over school calendars. “Sometimes military kids are going to miss school for reasons other kids don’t miss,” she told CNN. “Dad just came home from deployment — you bet my kid is taking several days off. It’s mid-tour leave, you bet we’re taking a vacation.”

“For schools it is very important to involve military parents and military leadership in building the school. They need to invite parents in who can talk about what to expect.”

Wieten-Scott briefly considered shelving her career to homeschool Matthew, but eventually found a new pediatrician, a social worker and a new teacher, all of whom have helped make Matthew’s first grade year a success.

For Gold Star families, the ultimate sacrifice comes heavily taxed

The nonprofit Blue Star Families is working to enlist civilian members of the community into stemming military family isolation, soon piloting a “deployment circle” program to build a network of support for spouses of deployed service members. A spouse signs up, identifying people they would like to be in their support circle during deployments. Blue Star Families emails and texts the members of the group with tips and suggestions on how to support the family.

But bridging the divide between civilian and military families still requires a good old-fashioned introduction.

For Army spouse Brittney Allen, a simple “good morning” from a stranger turned into a lifeline.

In 2015 her family had just relocated from Oklahoma to Georgia. She had an eight-year-old daughter and a five-month-old son in tow, her husband had deployed to South Korea for a year.

Brittney Allen and family. Photo courtesy of the Allen family.

Allen felt completely alone.

Every morning, the same woman yelled a greeting at Allen in the school carpool line. Eventually Allen introduced herself and discovered her new friend was also a military spouse. They have been good friends for five years now.

“Because of her kindness in extending that ‘good morning’ to me, it was really something I looked forward to every morning. It provided me with a person,” Allen said.

That person could just as easily be a civilian.

That person could be you.

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