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May 1st, 2012
01:37 AM ET

Poll: Many Muslims in Mideast, Pakistan have poor view of al Qaeda

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – Most Muslims in several key Middle Eastern and Asian countries hold negative views of the terrorist network al Qaeda a year after U.S. forces killed its leader Osama bin Laden, according to a recent survey.

The poll by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project, released Monday, found that a high proportion - between 71% and 98% - of Muslims questioned in Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon viewed al Qaeda in an unfavorable way.

In Pakistan, where U.S. Navy SEALS killed the al Qaeda leader during a raid on a compound a year ago, 55% of the Muslims surveyed had a negative opinion of the terrorist group, according to the poll. Only 13% had a favorable view.

The United States has used controversial drone strikes in tribal areas of Pakistan to try to dismantle al Qaeda's infrastructure in areas of Pakistan.

In May 2011, an elite team of Navy SEALs flew two helicopters into Abbottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden was living in a three-story compound with approximately two dozen people, including his relatives.

The killing of bin Laden in that raid prompted uproar in Pakistan. The blatant violation of the country's national sovereignty embarrassed the civilian government and especially the military, which has a prestigious military academy in Abbottabad.

The drone strikes, the raid and airstrikes by NATO forces in November that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers near the border with Afghanistan have soured relations between Islamabad and Washington.

But they do not appear to have created a high level of support for al Qaeda in Pakistan, according to the Pew survey.

Sympathy for the terrorist group appears to be stronger in Egypt, the poll's findings suggest. Twenty-one percent of the Muslims questioned there had a favorable view of al Qaeda, while 71% had an unfavorable one.

The second highest level of positive opinions of the terrorist network among the countries surveyed was found in Jordan, where 15% viewed al Qaeda favorably and 77% viewed it unfavorably.

Muslims polled in Turkey and Lebanon were much less likely to see the extremist organization in a positive light. Only 6% in Turkey and 2% in Lebanon viewed it favorably.

In Lebanon, 98% of those questioned held a negative opinion of al Qaeda. The number in Turkey was 73%.

The survey's results were based on face-to-face interviews with 1,000 adults in each of Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon between March 19 and April 10. In Turkey, 1,001 adults were surveyed in person between March 20 and April 11.

A total of 1,206 adults were interviewed face-to-face in Pakistan between March 28 and April 13.

The Pew Research Center noted that the question about views toward al Qaeda was asked at a later point in the interview in Pakistan than in the other four countries.

- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Islam • Middle East • Pakistan

soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. tallulah13

    Let allah be with you.allah akbar!

    May 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  2. Kit Hill

    I wonder if this is where Bin Laden really died: On the horns of a Muslim world that sees him and his ilk as pariahs and not as the liberators he has worked so hard to portray himself and his organizations. All that death and rhetoric for nothing really.

    May 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • Muneef

      He was one of the wealthiest families in Saudi Arabia and left all his wealth to work for the CIA in Afganistan to move out the Russians but then some thing must have happened to turn against all with his Idology that have in the end caused the whole middle east and Islamic countries be invaded or interfered with...they lost their freedoms and starved because of his actions and judgments ...GOD knows whether the drugs of Afghanistan were behind this deal.. May GOD forgive me but it was heard that it was behind his finance to recruit and train those who were needing money rather than believing his cause..

      May 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Reality

      And yet again an easy and safe solution to the scourge that is Islam:

      From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi----–

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
      be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      May 4, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • Islamic attacker

      @Muneef

      It was US presence in Saudi Arabia that led the jihadist osama ben laid to rest , to attack the USA as if he was a major power in the earth... :) :) LOL .... he was delusional especially since he moved the Ruskies out of Afganistan all by himself LOL agsin , having forgot all the help give to him and others by the USA ...

      opps God is got a hold on my gotta gooo........ :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things*

    May 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Jesus

      *Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Islamic attacker

      Prayer changed thing s for me ...its' true... funny thing though it was done in Jesus' name... woe to you who use his name in vain.......wow.... isn't there a commandment to not to use the Lords name in vain????

      don't worry... when the indignation and wrath of God comes .... there won't be any answer to him but the cry for mercy... :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  4. Pakistani

    I'm Pakistani and I agree with this poll, we hate terrorists particularly the ones responsible for 9/11.

    Most Pakistanis were actually very sad for the families of the victims of 9/11, only the bad Islamists get coverage.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Islamic attacker

      I don't believe you ... I know a Pakistani girl who expresses that there is a lot of hatred for US people by her pakistani borthers in her own family... I'm taking her testimony than yours...

      it's alright to hate us...some of it is deserved... but when you in your country murder little Pakistani Christian children with no reason but Islamic hatred towards freedom of choice ....then I tend to have an ear in the negative towards Muslim apoligetics...anyway I wanna destroy the Muslim religion... seems like such fun to see Muslims turn to Christ by the preaching of the gospel... then other Muslims kill them for turnig away from your religion... yea.. that real nice and neighborly ... :) :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  5. Brock

    They asked the wrong question. From my experience, a more interesting question would be how many Muslims actually believe that al Qaeda and bin Laden are real. I have many Muslim friends who say that these are merely figments of the US government's imagination.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Muneef

      You mean a planted virus in the area to give them excuse to invade and control areas wealth and political future... That sounds very right and exact.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Islamic attacker

      @ muneef now your imagining thigns ...not so the USA ... We have a very transparent natioin of laws and activity...

      nothign worse here than getting caught with your pants down to the floor if you know what I mean... take the Penn State fiasco right now....
      nothing worse to an American than having pie in the face befoper the whole world .. shame and idsgrace is not something we look forward to... :) :) :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  6. MeMelvin

    Hitler, Rev. Jim Jones, Stalin, Pol Pot, Vlad the Impaler and bin Laden (and their admirers past and present) all represent a category of humans which most other humans dread: The Psychopath.

    It does not take international polls to support the idea that these philosophies are negative. What the polls do tell us which is of importance, is that Neo-Nazis, al Qaeda operatives, Communist leaders and religious fanatics of all stripes abound still.

    Our vigilance as human beings must not be unidirectional. The threat of psychopath behavior comes from many sources, some frighteningly close to us. Some sources we are even tempted to believe have the correct “solutions” to our worldly problems.

    Be careful, fellow human beings, be wise. Radical philosophies and hyper-left or right militant political solutions are most always NOT the correct path.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Muneef

      You missed mentioning Reality after Bin Laden he is another one of these group of hatred that cause dread and pains to Humenity..

      May 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  7. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things,

    May 3, 2012 at 5:39 am |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things"

      -Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 3, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Islamic attacker

      prayer does change things, I am a witness of the resurrection fo Jesus...

      the very same Spirit that raised him from the dead dwells in me.. :) :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  8. Frank

    Of course the majority of Muslims hate it. There's a billion of them around the world and the zionist media likes to represent all of them by the actions of a miniscule percentage. This is not news to anyone with a lick of sense, but unfortunately much of the populace believes anything they hear.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • Reality

      Just some of what Allah and his followers have wreaked upon our world:

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      May 3, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • Muneef

      Reality is a civilized Qaeda he thinks like them just hate every thing and every belief in ignorance...so you see you have your own sort of Qaeda...

      May 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • Reality

      Some history for the uninformed:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
      prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      4. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      5. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      May 4, 2012 at 12:12 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    May 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Jesus

      –Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!-

      May 3, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Islamic attacker

      true prayer does change things people too :) :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  10. Child of (Project) Apollo

    This endless religious/political bickering is a complete waste of time. Let's move on.

    May 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Islamic attacker

      yo ugo on to where you gotta go... but let the peopel do what they want to do... is that ok with you ? :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      islamic attacker...why are you responding to threads left months ago....are you expecting a response?

      July 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  11. TomAmerican

    So, anywhere from 1 in 5 to 1 in 2 Muslims believe that Al Queda is a good thing. Very strange coming from people in a religion who value peace. I was under the impression that Al Queda was only supported by an extremely small portion of Muslims, but it appears that is not so.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Chris R

      Your math is off. It goes from a high of 1 in 5 in Egypt to a low of 1 in 50 in Lebanon. Nowhere in the article did it say that 50% of the people had a favorable view of Al Queda. Please double check your math.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • momoya

      Still, don't you think he raised a valid point?. I mean 1 in 5 is 20 of a 100.. That's a lot.. H.e.ll 1 in 50 isn't small either.. It's a lot of support for what has been reported as a "fringe viewpoint.". If Muslims really are all about peace, those numbers shouldn't be that high.. I'd rather not have the religions, period, but as an atheist, the muslims seem a whole lot more ready to k.i.ll and die than the believers of other faiths.

      May 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Islamic attacker

      1 in 5 is 20 % that's a lot of peole in the milliosn Jeepers dude... learn to count...1 in 50 is a lot too when you count the number of attackesr on the 9/11 attack only 18 was needed ,,, :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  12. davey

    Why should Muslims have a favorable view of al qaeda? All they do is kill other Muslims.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • O.S. Bird

      As Christians kill other Christians?

      May 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Muneef

      Say mafia killing other mafia..

      May 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  13. kebcarerra

    I see that Palestine is not polled where hundreds are killed every year by Israel with US weaponry paid for by the taxes of US working middle class .

    May 2, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Jason

      Well said.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Marc L

      That's because Palestine is a made up name by the Palestinians, a made up group of nomads.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      A small correction – Yes 10's of Palestinian TERRORISTS killed by Israelis in RESPONSE to killing of INNOCENT Israelis killed in rocket attacks, terrorist activities etc.

      Yes – may be with American arms, provided by to the Israelis to help them stop those terrorists from killing Americans & Europeans on our own soil..........much like we provide even NOT the best of our friends Egyptians, the Turks, Saudis, NOT to talk of the Pakistanis who handover those very same arms to the Taliban to kill our own brave soldiers!

      May 2, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Carl

      Well said, Amit-Atlanta-USA!! You will find that the vast majority of those "peaceful" Palestinan Muslims overwhelmingly support terrorism, whether their own against Israel or al-Quaida against the rest of the world. Of course, even Syria's Assad, who sponsors Hamas and Hezbollah and has murdered over 10,000 of his own people, gets offended when terrorists strike within Syria. This scourge of Islamic terrorism will never end until the entire world, including people like kebcarerra and Jason here, uniformly condemn ALL acts of terror without carving out exceptions for Palestinians or any other favorite group.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Chris R

      Marc, you haven't been reading your Bible have you? The name Palestine is found in the Old Testament. It's hardly any more 'made up' than Israel.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Muneef

      Marc L.

      The whole area in the middle east was and still is belonging to nomads..and nomads herd sheep,goats,cattle,camels...Moses,Jesus,Mohammed were used to herd sheep&goats so therefore they are nomads...!

      May 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  14. Tex71

    Most Muslims feel the same way about Al-Qaeda as most Americans feel about Tea Party radicals: they despise the ignorance, repudiate the violent paranoid mindset, and they pray daily these lunatics fade away before they start another war.

    May 2, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Jason

      Good analogy.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • AGuest9

      Quite likely, Tex.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Jeff

      You have no statistical data to back that up.
      You're also plain wrong.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • NonAtheist

      Your attempt to align a legitimate, law-abiding political organization with a organization dedicated to murder, mayhem, and destruction shows that you have utterly lost any sense of perspective.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Mordrud

      Good try stoner.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Carl

      An utterly ludicrous analogy, comparing a perfectly peaceful political organization with the world's worst terror organization that is responsible for the death and maiming of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Muneef

      Tex71.
      You are quite right about what you said.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  15. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    In Pakistan (Our ALLY!) almost half the population had either a favorable or not negative view of Al-Qaeda.

    Americans will NOT at all be surprised if Islamic supporters like Mr.Fareed Zakaria use the Pew poll to portray Americans in a bad light for viewing Muslims as generally tolerant of radical views, by HIGHLIGHTING that a majority of Muslims opposed Al-Qaeda !

    It's like calling EVERYONE of these people moderate – MERELY b' coz – White people who oppose the KKK, Black people who oppose the Black Panthers Party, Germans who oppose the Nazis, Indians who oppose the killer of Gandhi etc.

    While the above yardstick to determine who is a moderate is NEVER used by any of these peoples, UNFORTUNATELY for people like Mr. Zakaria & others who have been busy HOODWINKING Americans opposing Al-Qaeda is ENOUGH to SHOWCASE the ENTIRE Muslim community also to be as peaceful as all the other communities.

    The ONLY thing Mr. Zakaria & these other Islamic supporters will NOT say in their defence though, is the FACT THAT AL-QAEDA KILLS MANY MANY 1000's MORE MUSLIMS IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES THEMSELVES, THAN IT KILLS NON-MUSLIMS ANYWHERE!!!!!!

    May 2, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Chris R

      You are twisting things. In Pakistan 13% of the people had a positive view of Al Queda. 55% had a negative view. The remainder just didn't have an opinion or were neutral as it's not part of their lives. They just don't care. That's *very* different than lumping all of those people in with the people with a positive view. Look, it's time to accept the fact that Islam isn't going anywhere. There are over 1.5 billion muslims in the world and ya know what, you aren't going to kill or convert them all. It's probably time to learn to live with the idea that there might be people out there that don't share the same religious view as you.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      Chris R:

      Actually you are right and I am right too!

      I deliberately presented it that way ONLY to show how people like Mr.Fareed Zakaria twist & twirl statistics, facts (stated & unstated) to hoodwink Americans.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  16. John

    Regardless of the poll you seldom see acts perpetrated by terrorist groups being condemned by Muslims. On 9/11 after the attacks in several Middle East countries people celebrated. Where are the voices of this so called majority? Actions are louder than words and if the majority saw fit they could do a lot to squash radical Islam but again they don’t

    May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Nathan

      This is factually incorrect. In the days after 9/11, many major cities in the Muslim world held massive rallies to show their sympathy to the US, and to denounce al-Qaeda. Even Iran, a major strategic opponent of ours in the region denounced the attacks.

      Most Muslims hate Muslim terrorists, just like most American Christians hated Timothy McVeigh and hate Eric Rudolph.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Carl

      It is a fact that thousands publicly celebrated in the streets of Gaza and the west bank on 9/11. It is also a fact that most Arabs/Muslims only condemn terrorism when politically expedient to do so. There have been FAR greater numbers protesting silly cartoons than have ever come out against terror.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Chris R

      Carl, did some Muslims celebrate 9/11? Yes. So did some Christians (yes, yes they did saying we deserved it for our sinful lifestyle that offended God). So being that some Christians celebrated 9/11 should w condemn all Christians? Look at what Westboro Baptist does. Are you going to say all Christians are condemned because of these people? No, you'll make an excuse. They're just outliers. They don't speak for Christians. Right?

      May 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Islamic attacker

      @ Nathan that was before our invasion into Iraq for no legitimafe reason... all that Muslims kum by yah support disapeard when our nation began t o kill a bunch of muslims ......

      My way shoudl have been chosen which was to blanket the entier Muslim world with bibles.... :) :) :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  17. Moiphy

    What makes anyone at CNN think the muslims that were polled would tell the truth to an infidel?

    May 2, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Dan

      Your paranoia is hilarious.

      May 2, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • doughnuts

      Lying to infidels is condoned, some say commanded, by the Qur'an.
      Assuming that followers of a religion would actually follow the tenets of that faith isn't paranoia, it's just betting the best odds.

      May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Chris R

      According to the Quran infidels are pagans – polytheists. Not Christians and Jews. Try understanding the thing you seem to hate so much.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Muneef

      Chris R.
      My understanding of infidels is that those who believe not in the existence of GOD, while pagans are polytheists because they believe in GOD but worship some thing else as their connection to GOD, while Jews & Christians are considered believers and named as the people of the Book..
      There is nothing in the Quran that tells us that we may cheat or lie about any thing and our Prophet Mohammed (saws) was famous for his truthfully and honesty and told us to tell the truth even if we had lost our heads on account of that.. Here of course am speaking about Sunni Muslims but as understood from previous blogs that there is some thing called (Taqaia) used by the Shiaa Muslims which they consider as a white lie in which you use to bring good such as to save a life or bring people together ending disputes... But honestly I have never seen or heard that Quran permits lies to infidels or any else..!

      May 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • Islamic attacker

      how true!!!!

      July 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  18. Reality

    Poll: Many Muslims in Mideast, Pakistan have poor view of al Qaeda- That might be so, but it does not change the following:

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    May 2, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • John

      Why dont you turn off the Limbaugh and the Fox news and go meet that Muslim family down the road?

      May 2, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Moiphy

      The family who will be nice till the cell is activated?

      May 2, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Muneef

      What cell? Brain cell? There should be a c-ode of conduct to respect between you and them and they will never change against you..but if you do not respect that and try to fool or take advantage ..well then obviously who ever loves you or being nice towards you will change towards you..

      May 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  19. Tim Zukas

    If 21% of Americans viewed the KKK favorably and 71% viewed it unfavorably, would the headline be "Many Americans have a poor view of the KKK"? I think not.

    May 2, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    May 2, 2012 at 5:37 am |
    • Izzy

      We prayed you wouldn't come back but as you see........

      May 2, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • Jesus

      -Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Chris R

      Jesus, I agree with you. Prayer will not cure your eczema, it won't help you get a new job, it won't save the life of your dying baby girl, it won't win the heart of your beloved, it won't help you win the lottery, or help you get away from the police. It won't do any of those things because that's not the purpose of prayer. The purpose of prayer is to create a state where you are more open to God and feel closer to God. It is not about asking for special favors – that's a common misconception. God is not a slot machine. So if you have a study that tests to see if prayer changes the physical world you'll see, time and time again, that it has no impact. What it will change is the person if they are willing to be changed.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Islamic attacker

      Prayer does change things ..it works for me :) :) :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
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