Saturday, August 27, 2005

Public Opinion Way Down - for Osama bin Laden That Is

Changing Minds in the Muslim World

See Pew Global Attitudes Project, included in their report:
- “At the same time, most Muslim publics are expressing less support for terrorism than in the past. Confidence in Osama bin Laden has declined markedly in some countries and fewer believe suicide bombings that target civilians are justified in the defense of Islam.”
- “While support for suicide bombings and other terrorist acts has fallen in most Muslim-majority nations surveyed, so too has confidence in Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In Lebanon, just 2% report some or a lot of confidence in bin Laden, and in Turkey only 7% do so.”

Support for terrorism in defense of Islam has "declined dramatically," in the Pew report's
- Indonesia (from 27 percent to 15 percent since 2002)
- Pakistan (from 41 percent to 25 percent since 2004)
- Morocco (from 40 percent to 13 percent since 2004)
- Muslims in Lebanon (from 73 percent to 26 percent since 2002)

Whether democracy could work well in their own country:
Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan and Indonesia
- between 77 percent and 83 percent in say it could work in their country

Hat tip
See Michael Barone August 22, 2005 article Of Minds and Metrics

Michael Barone writes:
- “Minds are indeed changing”
- “George W. Bush has proclaimed that we are working to build democracy in Iraq not just for Iraqis, but in order to advance freedom and defeat fanatical Islamist terrorism around the world. Now comes the Pew Global Attitudes Project's recent survey of opinion in six Muslim countries to tell us that progress is being made in achieving that goal.”
- “The Pew Global Project Attitude's metrics give us reason to believe that today's Americans…are changing minds in the Muslim world.”

See prior posts:

Analysis of Military Situation in Iraq
Facts from Iraq
World Watches as Iraq Becomes Test for Democracy
Army Reenlistments Up
Iraq is no Vietnam – How’s Troop Morale?
Young Iraqi Shiite Cleric to US: Bet on Democracy in Iraq


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