Research shows Muslim nations disdain ISIL

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If you understand that there is nothing Islamic about ISIS/ISIL and it is really nothing more than a front for brigandage, piracy, wholescale theft and murderous avarice by an international organised crime cabal then it should come as no surprise that the Islamic world has very little love for the head chopping mercenary scum.

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World Bulletin
Research shows Muslim nations disdain ISIL

Recent attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad linked to the ISIL have once again brought terrorism and extremism to the forefront of international relations.

According to newly released data that the Pew Research Center collected in 11 countries with significant Muslim populations, people from Nigeria to Jordan to Indonesia overwhelmingly expressed negative views of ISIL.

One exception was Pakistan, where a majority offered no definite opinion of ISIL. The nationally representative surveys were conducted as part of the Pew Research Center’s annual global poll in April and May this year.

In no country surveyed did more than 15% of the population show favorable attitudes toward ISIL. And in those countries with mixed religious and ethnic populations, negative views of ISIL cut across these lines.

In Lebanon, a victim of one of the most recent attacks, almost every person surveyed who gave an opinion had an unfavorable view of ISIL, including 99% with a very unfavorable opinion. Distaste toward ISIL was shared by Lebanese Sunni Muslims (98% unfavorable) and 100% of Shia Muslims and Lebanese Christians.

Israelis (97%) and Jordanians (94%) were also strongly opposed to ISIL as of spring 2015, including 91% of Israeli Arabs. And 84% in the Palestinian territories had a negative view of ISIL, both in the Gaza Strip (92%) and the West Bank (79%).

Six-in-ten or more had unfavorable opinions of ISIL in a diverse group of nations, including Indonesia, Turkey, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Malaysia and Senegal.

In Nigeria, there was somewhat more support for ISIL (14% favorable) compared with other countries, but attitudes differed sharply by religious affiliation. An overwhelming number of Nigerian Christians (71%) had an unfavorable view of ISIL, as did 61% of Nigerian Muslims. However, 20% of Nigerian Muslims had a favorable view of ISIL when the poll was conducted in the spring of this year. The group Boko Haram in Nigeria, which has been conducting a terrorist campaign in the country for years, is affiliated with ISIL, though the two are considered separate entities.

Only 28% in Pakistan had an unfavorable view of ISIL, and a majority of Pakistanis (62%) had no opinion on the extremist group.

While we did not ask people in Western nations about their views of ISIL, half or more of people in 15 mostly Western countries said they were very concerned about ISIL as an international threat. In France, the target of multiple coordinated attacks in Paris last week, 71% said before the attacks that they were very concerned about the ISIL threat. Similar shares of the public in other nations also expressed serious concern, including 77% of Spanish, 70% of Germans, 69% of Italians and 68% of Americans. In Lebanon and Jordan, nations that are taking in refugees from the

ISIL conflict in Syria and whose people have been victims of mass terrorist incidents, 84% and 62% also said they were very concerned about the group.

General concern about extremism has been growing in many Western and predominantly Muslim nations surveyed since earlier in the decade. And as a reaction to this threat, there was widespread support for U.S. military actions against ISIL in Iraq and Syria from most of the countries surveyed in the spring, including majorities in Israel (84%), France (81%), the U.S. (80%), Lebanon (78%), Jordan (77%), the UK (66%) and Germany (62%).

Source: Pew Research Center

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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