September 28, 2009

Islam and Violence

45%

A plurality of Americans (45%) say Islam is no more likely than other faiths to encourage violence among its believers.

Detailed questions about perceptions of Islam show that a plurality of the public (45%) says Islam is no more likely than other faiths to encourage violence among its believers; 38% take the opposite view, saying that Islam does encourage violence more than other faiths do. Views on this question have fluctuated in recent years, with the current findings showing that the view that Islam is connected with violence has declined since 2007, when 45% of the public said that Islam encourages violence more than other religions do, while 39% said Islam is no more likely than other faiths to encourage violence. Read More