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Peace be upon you. Today, Islam is the world's second largest religion, yet, at the same time, perhaps the world's most misunderstood religion. Currently, there are over 1.3 billion Muslims, or about 22% of all people. It is the world's fastest growing religion, and there are now anywhere from 5 to 10 million Muslims in the USA alone - most likely the second largest religion in the US after Christianity. Almost 10% of French people consider themselves Muslim, and more than 1 million people in London. Muslims are the largest minority in almost all European countries today. Thus, this poll seeks to determine public opinion about Islam in the light of the heavy prejudice against Muslims found in the Western media. Thanks very much for your time, and your response is appreciated. This poll was launched just days before the horrific attacks on New York and Washington. Public opinion on Islam is even more important in the weeks and months following September 11th. No one with an iota of humanity can deny the great evil that the world witnessed that fateful day, but we pray to God that some good - perchance in the form of greater tolerance toward people of other races and creeds - will come to light.

How would you rate your overall opinion of Islam?

20% (17) Very Positive
11% (10) Positive
16% (14) Neutral
17% (15) Negative
34% (29) Very Negative

85 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe that Islam promotes violence or terrorism?

54% (46) Yes
35% (30) No
9% (8) I don't know

84 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe that Islam is oppressive against women?

67% (57) Yes
29% (25) No
2% (2) I don't know

84 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe that Muslims will be / can be saved in the afterlife?

38% (32) Yes
33% (28) No
27% (23) I don't know

83 voters have answered this question.

Could you vote for a Muslim candidate running for a high-level, political position?

39% (33) Yes
38% (32) No
21% (18) Maybe

83 voters have answered this question.

If one of your family members converted to Islam, how would you feel?

19% (16) Totally thrilled
7% (6) Pleased
25% (21) Neutral
29% (25) Disappointed
19% (16) Completely enraged

84 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe that Islam is compatible with democracy?

38% (32) Yes
52% (44) No
9% (8) I don't know

84 voters have answered this question.

Would you donate money to a charity fund organized by Muslims?

48% (41) Yes
42% (36) No
8% (7) Maybe

84 voters have answered this question.

How would you characterize your knowledge of Islam?

57% (48) A lot
42% (36) A little
0% (0) None

84 voters have answered this question.

What is your opinion of Islam with respect to other religions?

21% (18) Better
42% (35) Worse
36% (30) Equal

83 voters have answered this question.

Would you want to learn more about Islam?

73% (62) Yes
26% (22) No

84 voters have answered this question.

How would you describe yourself?

18% (16) Christian
4% (4) Jewish
24% (21) Muslim
1% (1) Hindu
1% (1) Buddhist
0% (0) Pagan/Wiccan
0% (0) Sikh
0% (0) Jain
0% (0) Zoroastrian
0% (0) Hare Krishna
0% (0) Scientologist
0% (0) Universal Unitarian
0% (0) Deist
18% (16) Atheist
5% (5) Agnostic
1% (1) Other
3% (3) Satanist
2% (2) Don't Know
0% (0) Shinto
0% (0) Rastafarian
1% (1) Falun Gong
1% (1) Bahai
15% (13) No religion

85 voters have answered this question.

In the conflict between Israeli Jews and Muslim and Christian Palestinians, which party do you side with more?

34% (29) Jewish Israelis
44% (37) Muslim and Christian Palestinians
20% (17) Neutral

83 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe that Islam is a peaceful religion?

30% (26) Yes
55% (47) No
14% (12) I don't know

85 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe that Muslims can live in harmony with people of other faiths?

46% (39) Yes
46% (39) No
6% (5) I don't know

83 voters have answered this question.

How do you feel about the sanctions on Iraq?

21% (17) I'm all for them
13% (11) They're the best we can do
32% (26) Neutral
6% (5) Probably lift
18% (15) Definitely lift
6% (5) Lift gradually, or lift some now and the rest at a later time

79 voters have answered this question.

Would you send your kids to a Muslim private school, if it offered the best education in your area?

32% (28) Yes
51% (44) No
15% (13) Maybe

85 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe that Islam is compatible with science and learning?

43% (37) Yes
50% (43) No
5% (5) I don't know

85 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe that Islam is generally compatible with the West?

32% (28) Yes
56% (48) No
10% (9) I don't know

85 voters have answered this question.

How do you think the media portray Islam and Muslims?

21% (18) Positively
28% (24) Neutral
50% (42) Negatively

84 voters have answered this question.

Would you allow a Muslim place of worship (a mosque) to be built in your area?

49% (41) Yes
33% (28) No
16% (14) Maybe/No opinion

83 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe that fundamental/political Islam is a threat?

64% (55) Yes
27% (23) No
8% (7) I don't know

85 voters have answered this question.

What is your gender?

82% (69) Male
17% (15) Female

84 voters have answered this question.

Have the September 11th tragedy and the war in Afghanistan - as well as the media's coverage of them - affected the way you view Islam?

8% (7) Yes - positively
38% (33) Yes - negatively
47% (40) No
5% (5) I don't know

85 voters have answered this question.

Do you personally know any Muslims, and, if so, how would you describe them?

26% (22) Yes - they are generally wonderful, peace-loving people.
36% (30) Yes - they are overall okay, neither exceptionally good nor bad, but just normal.
16% (14) Yes - they are terrible blood-sucking monsters and I wish I didn't know them.
6% (5) I think I know someone who's Muslim, but not sure.
8% (7) No - never met any and don't want to.
6% (5) No - but I would like to.

83 voters have answered this question.

Do you think the U.S. should attack Iraq and unseat Saddam Hussein?

18% (15) Yes, under all conditions
6% (5) Yes, but only if the U.S. has support from key allies
11% (9) Yes, but only if Congress votes on it first
25% (20) No, unless Saddam strikes first
25% (20) No, under no conditions
12% (10) I don't know/No opinion

79 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2001-09-02 00:43:30 by Eddie
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