Majority of Muslims in Middle East Hold Unfavorable View of al Qaeda


On April 30th, the Pew Research Center reported on Muslim support throughout the Middle East for al Qaeda.  Overwhelmingly, Muslims are unsupportive of al Qaeda.  The survey covered the nations of Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Lebanon; within these countries, 71%, 77%, 55%, 73%, and 98% hold unfavorable views towards al Qaeda, respectively.  The survey also investigated the trends in confidence for Osama bin Laden.  From 2003 to 2011, Muslim support of Osama bin Laden in every single nation surveyed dropped; however, from 2010 to 2011, only one nation – Jordan – saw Muslims’ confidence of bin Laden fall (one percentage point change).
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