Survey show Daesh repulses Muslims

24th Dec 2015

Nadine Osman

The people in Muslim countries all over the world are repulsed by the actions of Daesh (IS), according data released by the Pew Research Center.

The percentage of those approving of Daesh reached double figures in only three of the 11 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia where polls were conducted.

In all but one of these countries, a clear majority of people questioned expressed negative views of Daesh. In Lebanon, Pew data says, “almost every person surveyed who gave an opinion had an unfavourable view of IS, including 99 per cent with a very unfavourable opinion. Distaste toward IS was shared by Lebanese Sunni Muslims (98 per cent unfavourable) and 100 per cent of Shia Muslims and Lebanese Christians.”

Daesh carried out a double suicide-bombing in Beirut, killing 44 people on November 20.

Jordan, like Lebanon, shares a border with Syria, and is host to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Of Jordanians questioned in the survey, 94 per cent spoke out against Daesh, while just three per cent expressed approval of the group. In Israel, the figures were 97 per cent and one per cent respectively.

In the Palestinian territories, 84 per cent of those questioned expressed negative views of Daesh. The figure in Gaza, governed by the Hamas movement, was even higher at 92 per cent against.

Support for Daesh was expressed by eight per cent in the West Bank, and five per cent in Gaza. In Turkey, Pew found that 73 per cent spoke out against IS, and eight per cent were in favour of it.

The biggest expression of support for IS, in all the countries in the survey, was in Nigeria (14 per cent), while only 66 per cent of Nigerians questioned expressed unfavourable views. In Malaysia and Senegal, support for Daesh was measured at 11 per cent, with about 60 per cent denouncing it, and 25 per cent or more undecided.

In Pakistan only a minority (28 per cent) expressed disapproval of Daesh. The number supporting it was nine per cent; 62 per cent were undecided.

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