October 10, 2007

Decline in Support for Suicide Bombing

>50%

Support for suicide bombings in defense of Islam declined by half or more in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia over the last five years, according to a recent Pew Global Attitudes survey.

Among the most striking trends in predominantly Muslim nations is the continuing decline in the number saying that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilians are justifiable in the defense of Islam; a recent Pew Global Attitudes survey finds that in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia, the proportion of Muslims who view suicide bombing and other attacks against civilians as being often or sometimes justified has declined by half or more over the past five years. Wide majorities say such attacks are, at most, rarely acceptable. However, this is decidedly not the case in the Palestinian territories. Fully 70% of Palestinians believe that suicide bombings against civilians can be often or sometimes justified, a position starkly at odds with Muslims in other Middle Eastern, Asian, and African nations. Read More