Fewer people link Islam, violence

I can only scratch my head on this one (make sure to scroll down for more comment from me):

The percentage of Americans who believe Islam is more likely than other religions to inspire violence has declined in the past two years, according to a poll taken after the London bombings.

Just over a third, 36 percent, now say the Islamic religion is more likely to inspire violence, while 44 percent said that in July 2003, according to the poll conducted by the Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

“This may have to do with some backing off of negative opinions the American public had of Muslims in 2002 and 2003,” said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center.


“The more people know about Islam, the less critical they are,” said Kohut.

People who were more knowledgeable about Islam tended to have a more positive view of Muslim-Americans and their religion. Only a third of Americans said they have some knowledge or a lot of knowledge about Islam.

Doesn’t Kohut’s quote and the last sentence on the 1/3rd of Americans strike you as a bit on the contradictory side? Per the poll, only about 1/3 of Americans say that have some or ‘a lot’ of knowledge about Islam, yet the poll also states that only 36% of those polled view Islam as a religion that would likely inspire ? violence and trumpets this as a ‘decline’ from a year ago. So are we to take from Kohut’s comments that a more informed audience would be even LESS likely to view Islam as a religion that would inspire violence even though the number of people who actually know something about Islam make up only about 1/3rd of the responses whereas 2/3rds of the responses were made by people who apparently knew nothing about Islam? Is this poll even worth the paper it’s written on? Are you tired of me asking questions?

I need a Tylenol.

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