Four-in-ten Americans say Islam encourages violence

25th Jul 2014

Four-in-ten Americans say the Islam is more likely to encourage violence
Elham Asaad Buaras

Roughly four-in-ten Americans say Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence among its believers, according to Pew Research Center Study poll released on June 26.

Beyond Red vs Blue: The Political Typology concluded some difference towards Islam based on the participants political and social values.

Pollsters found that 78% of Solid Liberals (defined as liberal across-the-board), along with 65% of the Next Generation Left (under 40s, liberal on social issues), reject the idea that Islam is more violent than other religions.

By contrast, about 72% Steadfast Conservatives (older, white, socially and politically conservative) say Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence.

Opinion is less one-sided among other typology groups. 56% of Business Conservatives (pro Wall Street and pro-immigration) say Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence. Hard-Pressed Skeptics (financial pressed and pessimistic) are divided 44% say Islam does encourage violence more, 41% say it does not.

And while more among both the Young Outsiders (conservative views on government not on social issues) and the Faith and Family Left (racially diverse and religious) say Islam is no more likely to encourage violence than other religions, 36% in both of these groups say it is.

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