Magazine article The Christian Century

Muslims Feared Attack by the U.S. (News)

Magazine article The Christian Century

Muslims Feared Attack by the U.S. (News)

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In the wake of the Iraq war, a major survey of attitudes in the Islamic world reveals that many Muslims believe Western-style democracy could work in their countries, but the military victory by the U.S.-led alliance inflamed resentment and fear of a U.S. attack among majorities in seven of eight Muslim countries.

The survey, which polled 16,000 people in 20 countries plus the Palestinian territories between April 28 and May 15, was released June 3 by the Pew Global Attitudes Project within the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. A broader survey of 44 nations had been conducted in 2002.

Among the major findings was that many Muslims believe that democracy can work in their countries. "Despite soaring anti-Americanism and substantial support for Osama bin Laden, there is considerable appetite in the Muslim world for democratic freedoms," said the report. It found, for example, that in the predominantly Muslim country of Kuwait, 83 percent of those surveyed said they believe Western-style democracy can work well there. …

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