☁ Islamic Phalinax ☁
Rasmussen Reports Repost
Voters Say Taliban Not True to Islam
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Americans strongly believe the Taliban, the Islamic fundamentalist group in Afghanistan who last week took credit for the murder of 130 school children, does not truly represent its faith. Just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters think the Taliban represents true Islamic beliefs, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Sixty-nine percent (69%) say the group which ruled its country for six years as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan does not represent the true beliefs of Islam. Another 16% are undecided.
Most voters feel the same way but not as strongly about the radical group the United States is now fighting that calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Fifty-three percent (53%) agree with President Obama that ISIS does not represent true Islamic beliefs. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree, while 20% are undecided. The closer one is following news reports about last week’s school massacre in Pakistan, the more likely he or she is to believe the Taliban does represent the true beliefs of Islam, but even most voters who have been following the news Very Closely say the radical group is not true to its faith.
Voters in this country are hesitant for the United States to join in the search for the school killers, but the incident has dramatically reduced support for U.S. negotiations with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.
The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 17-18, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
Religious tolerance, however, is a one-way street when it comes to the Muslim world, most U.S. voters say. Sixty-six percent (66%) believe most Christians living in the Islamic world are treated unfairly because of their religious faith. By comparison, just 20% think most Muslims are treated unfairly in the United States because of their religion. Most voters across all demographic categories agree that the Taliban does not represent the true beliefs of Islam, but some are more skeptical than others.
Voters under 40 are more likely than their elders to believe the radical group does not truly represent its faith. Twenty-six percent (26%) of Republicans think the Taliban does truly represent Islam, compared to just nine percent (9%) of Democrats and 12% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Evangelical Christians are far more likely than other Protestants, Catholics and those of other faiths to believe the Taliban does represent the true beliefs of Islam.
In June, 54% of all voters disagreed with the president’s decision to release five Taliban leaders from the Guantanamo terrorist prison camp in exchange for the only known U.S. military prisoner of war being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Voters aren’t enthusiastic about the president’s plan to expand the U.S. military’s fighting mission in Afghanistan, but they’re slightly more confident an American win is possible in the nation’s longest-running war.
Voter perceptions of U.S.-Islamic relations continue to deteriorate since Obama’s highly publicized speech in Cairo, Egypt five years ago reaching out to the Islamic world. Many blame recent U.S. policies for that.
Forty-one percent (41%) still believe most Muslims around the world view the United States as an enemy. Voters are evenly divided over whether most Americans view Muslims worldwide as an enemy.
The number of voters who think the United States is winning the War on Terror continues to fall to new lows, and more than ever they see a terrorist attack as the biggest threat to the nation. Additional information from this survey and a full demographic breakdown are available to Platinum Members only.
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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 17-18, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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