Gallup Asks What Muslims Really Think

Most admire the West for technology and human rights
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2008 7:19 PM CDT
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(Newser) – What do the world’s Muslims really think? In an astonishing 6-year study, Gallup interviewed 1 billion of them to find out. The vast majority support democracy, political freedoms, and women’s rights, the Christian Science Monitor reports:

  • Most said they admire the West for its technology, hard work, and respect for human rights.

  • Most wanted leaders to follow religious principles, but said clergy should have no direct role.
  • In Iran, 89% said women should have the same rights as men. 
  • Just 7% condoned the 9/11 attacks, and usually gave political rather than religious reasons.
  • Radical Muslims are angry at US policies, not the West in general.