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Views on Islam

Peace be upon you. Today, Islam is the world's second largest religion, yet, at the same time, perhaps the world's most misunderstood religion. Currently, there are over 1.3 billion Muslims, or about 22% of all people. It is the world's fastest growing religion, and there are now anywhere from 5 to 10 million Muslims in the USA alone - most likely the second largest religion in the US after Christianity. Almost 10% of French people consider themselves Muslim, and more than 1 million people in London. Muslims are the largest minority in almost all European countries today. Thus, this poll seeks to determine public opinion about Islam in the light of the heavy prejudice against Muslims found in the Western media. Thanks very much for your time, and your response is appreciated. This poll was launched just days before the horrific attacks on New York and Washington. Public opinion on Islam is even more important in the weeks and months following September 11th. No one with an iota of humanity can deny the great evil that the world witnessed that fateful day, but we pray to God that some good - perchance in the form of greater tolerance toward people of other races and creeds - will come to light.
How would you rate your overall opinion of Islam?
Very Positive
Positive
Neutral
Negative
Very Negative
Do you believe that Islam promotes violence or terrorism?
Yes
No
I don't know
Do you believe that Islam is oppressive against women?
Yes
No
I don't know
Do you believe that Muslims will be / can be saved in the afterlife?
Yes
No
I don't know
Could you vote for a Muslim candidate running for a high-level, political position?
Yes
No
Maybe
If one of your family members converted to Islam, how would you feel?
Totally thrilled
Pleased
Neutral
Disappointed
Completely enraged
Do you believe that Islam is compatible with democracy?
Yes
No
I don't know
Would you donate money to a charity fund organized by Muslims?
Yes
No
Maybe
How would you characterize your knowledge of Islam?
A lot
A little
None
What is your opinion of Islam with respect to other religions?
Better
Worse
Equal
Would you want to learn more about Islam?
Yes
No
How would you describe yourself?
Christian
Jewish
Muslim
Hindu
Buddhist
Pagan/Wiccan
Sikh
Jain
Zoroastrian
Hare Krishna
Scientologist
Universal Unitarian
Deist
Atheist
Agnostic
Other
Satanist
Don't Know
Shinto
Rastafarian
Falun Gong
Bahai
No religion
In the conflict between Israeli Jews and Muslim and Christian Palestinians, which party do you side with more?
Jewish Israelis
Muslim and Christian Palestinians
Neutral
Do you believe that Islam is a peaceful religion?
Yes
No
I don't know
Do you believe that Muslims can live in harmony with people of other faiths?
Yes
No
I don't know
How do you feel about the sanctions on Iraq?
I'm all for them
They're the best we can do
Neutral
Probably lift
Definitely lift
Lift gradually, or lift some now and the rest at a later time
Would you send your kids to a Muslim private school, if it offered the best education in your area?
Yes
No
Maybe
Do you believe that Islam is compatible with science and learning?
Yes
No
I don't know
Do you believe that Islam is generally compatible with the West?
Yes
No
I don't know
How do you think the media portray Islam and Muslims?
Positively
Neutral
Negatively
Would you allow a Muslim place of worship (a mosque) to be built in your area?
Yes
No
Maybe/No opinion
Do you believe that fundamental/political Islam is a threat?
Yes
No
I don't know
What is your gender?
Male
Female
Have the September 11th tragedy and the war in Afghanistan - as well as the media's coverage of them - affected the way you view Islam?
Yes - positively
Yes - negatively
No
I don't know
Do you personally know any Muslims, and, if so, how would you describe them?
Yes - they are generally wonderful, peace-loving people.
Yes - they are overall okay, neither exceptionally good nor bad, but just normal.
Yes - they are terrible blood-sucking monsters and I wish I didn't know them.
I think I know someone who's Muslim, but not sure.
No - never met any and don't want to.
No - but I would like to.
Do you think the U.S. should attack Iraq and unseat Saddam Hussein?
Yes, under all conditions
Yes, but only if the U.S. has support from key allies
Yes, but only if Congress votes on it first
No, unless Saddam strikes first
No, under no conditions
I don't know/No opinion
This poll was created on 2001-09-02 00:43:30 by Eddie