Update: More Americans Believe Islam Encourages Violence

July 25, 2003

Source: PBS


On July 25, 2003 PBS reported that "a growing number of Americans think that Islam may be a religion that encourages violence, more so than other religions, and that view is held by 44 percent of Americans, up from 25 percent just a year ago. We find more Americans saying that Muslims around the world are anti-American. So there are worries about Islam, but it isn't translating as of yet into backlash against Muslim Americans. We find only 25 percent of Americans holding unfavorable attitudes towards Muslim Americans, hardly much more than a year and a half ago."