POLL: British Didn't Boost Anti-Muslim Views


Though this month's London subway bombings raised fears in the United States about more terrorist attacks here, they did not result in an increase in anti-Muslim feelings among Americans, according to a poll released yesterday. A higher percentage of those polled reported favorable views of Muslims than in the past and said they were less likely to believe Islam encourages violence more than other religions do, the poll found. The telephone poll of 2,000 adults was conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life from July 7to July 17, after the initial bombings, for which British-born Muslims are believed responsible. . . Many American Muslims have felt unfairly discriminated against since the 9/11 attacks -- all 19 hijackers were Muslims -- and Muslim leaders interviewed yesterday said they were heartened by the poll's results. "I think it's encouraging that fewer people are linking Islam to violence even as we've seen horribly violent acts around the world associated with Muslims," said Ibrahim Hooper, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It's an indication that ordinary Americans can differentiate between the violent acts of a few Muslims and the faith of Islam itself." (MORE)

 


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