More than half of Muslims say they have unfavorable views of America, and 6 in 10 aren’t interested or don’t know whether they want to learn more about the country, according to a new poll. Older Muslims are the most likely to have positive views on America, be interested in learning about the country and have American friends.
Over 55 percent of Muslims had either a somewhat or very unfavourable view of America, while one in four said they were not sure how they viewed the country. Just 7 percent said they had a very favourable view of the country, and 14 percent said they saw it somewhat favourably.
While a majority had negative views, few seemed to base those judgments on knowledge or on relationships with Americans. Just thirteen percent said that they ‘understand the American political system’ either extremely well or very well.
The survey, conducted March 5 through March 9 among 1,000 Muslim adults using a sample selected to match the demographics and other characteristics of the world adult Muslim population, also asked if Muslims had ever been to America and if they would be interested in learning more about the country.
One in 10 said they had been to America, and 39 percent said they would be interested in learning more about the country. A higher share, 44 percent, said they would not want to learn more, and seven percent said they were unsure.
58 percent of those aged 18 to 29 had an unfavorable view of America, compared with 63 percent of those aged 45 to 64 and 40 percent of those 65 and over. People under 29 were less likely to have American friends, and were 20 points more likely than any other group to say they were not interested in learning more about America.
Well, I have to admit, the above text is a slight distortion of a report that appeared the other day on Huffington Post.
Substitute ‘Americans’ for ‘Muslims’ and vice versa, and make one or two other minor adjustments and you’ll have the real thing which you can find here. Then ask yourself what we can do to save the world!