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A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Monday shows that 51 percent of Americans believe the United States should trust Muslim allies the same as any other ally, but 48 percent said the United States should trust Muslim allies less.
The poll showed that 61 percent of Americans looked favourably upon Turkey, while 34 percent had an unfavourable opinion of that country.
The CNN/ORC Poll of 1,023 adult Americans
A large majority, 79 percent, said people in other countries will have a more positive view of the U.S. because of Obama, while only 19 percent said it would be more negative, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Monday.
In the most recent ABC/WaPo poll, further published analysis notes some interesting data re Islam and Muslim nations.
81% believe it's important for Obama to try to improve U.S. relations with Muslim nations (46% think it's very important.) One wonders who the 18% who disagree are. Further, 65% think Obama will go just the right distance to do so (22% think he'll go too far.)
And whereas only 45% think they have a "good basic understanding of the teachings and beliefs of Islam", this represents an improvement from the 34% who said so in 2001. In fact, only 47% of respondents know anyone who is a Muslim (53% do not.)
One disturbing number in the poll: whereas 58% think mainstream Islam is a peaceful religion (virtually unchanged from 2001), the number who think mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims has grown from 14% to 29% (as the number who answer "do not know" shrinks.)
Nearly half of Republicans said Obama is apt to overreach in his efforts to advance U.S. relations, while large majorities of Democrats and independents alike said they think he'll walk the right line.
Republicans are also more apt than others to hold negative attitudes toward Islam, with six in 10 having unfavorable views, compared with about four in 10 for Democrats and independents. Among conservative Republicans, 65 percent view Islam unfavorably; liberal Democrats, by contrast, are 60 percent positive.
This partisan divide is also apparent on the question of whether mainstream Islam encourages hostility toward non-Muslims, with Republicans about twice as likely as Democrats to say it does. Nearly half of conservative Republicans see centrist Islam as a promoter of violence.