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Majority of Americans Lack Understanding of Islam

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6 Apr 09 | AFP

More than half of Americans acknowledge having a poor understanding of Islam, even though they support President Barack Obama’s plan to seek improved relations with the Muslim world, according to a new opinion poll released late Sunday.


The survey by The Washington Post and ABC News showed that 55 percent of those polled said they lacked a good understanding of the teachings and beliefs of Islam.

Forty-eight percent said they had an unfavorable view of Islam while nearly three in 10, or 29 percent, said they saw mainstream Islam as advocating violence against non-Muslims.

At the same time, 58 percent said Islam was a peaceful religion, according to the poll.

In his inaugural address, President Obama offered to “extend a hand” to Muslim nations if they are willing to accept it.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said Obama will handle this diplomacy “about right.”

However, nearly a quarter said he will probably “go too far” and nine percent said it was more likely he will not go far enough.

The survey, conducted by telephone March 26-29, had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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6 April 2009 at 11:53 am

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