Survey on War in Iraq and Terrorism

The Pew Research Center have published the results of a survey relating to terrorism and the war in Iraq (hat tip: Chris L). As expected, the results highlight the gulf in thinking between the US and Europe, as well as attitudes in the Muslim world. The survey was conducted before the Madrid bombing, so I wonder how the results would have been affected by this.

Some of the more interesting findings include:

  • 86% of Jordanians believe suicide bombings are justifiable against Israelis (despite the fact that Israel is officially at peace with Jordan) and 70% believe they are justifiable against Americans and Westerners in Iraq.
  • Almost 50% of Turkish people surveyed have an unfavorable opinion of Jews, despite the fact that the Jews of Turkey have an apparently good relationship with the Muslims and Christians there.
  • Christians get much lower ratings in predominantly Muslim countries than do Muslims in mostly Christian countries, despite the wave of Islamic terror that has gripped the Western world.

    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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