HUGE NUMBERS THINK ISLAM IN CONFLICT WITH WEST / Polls show mainstream voters answer very differently from political class (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) by DREW ZAHN 05/15/12)
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A series of polls released over the last few weeks shows most
Americans believe a global conflict is raging between Islam and the
Specifically, Rasmussen Reports polls found that 63 percent of likely
U.S. voters believe a battle is brewing, while only 18 percent deny
Furthermore, when asked about many Western nations’ support of the
populist uprisings known as “the Arab Spring,” only 26 percent of
voters think the United States should do more to encourage the growth
of democracy in the Islamic world, while 58 percent say the United
States should leave things alone.
The numbers became even more significant when separating mainstream
U.S. voters from a group Rasmussen calls the “political class.”
For example, Rasmussen found that 73 percent of mainstream U.S.
voters believe there is a conflict in the world between Western
civilization and Islamic nations, and a plurality (49 percent)
believe most of the world’s Muslims view America as an enemy.
But only half of Rasmussen’s “political class” acknowledges a global
conflict, and 62 percent reject the idea that Muslims view the U.S.
as an enemy.
Similarly, 61 percent of mainstream voters suspect a terrorist attack
in the U.S. in the next year is likely, while 70 percent of the
political class see little or no chance of such an attack.
Rasmussen found that taken as a whole, however, only 11 percent of
likely U.S. voters think the war on terror is over, while 79 percent
say that war, declared after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on
America, is still ongoing.
Rasmussen explains it defines “political class” as the subset of
Americans whose answers to poll questions reveal they look primarily
to governing elite – rather than the American people – to best rule
The “political class,” therefore, isn’t actually composed of D.C. and
Wall Street insiders, but Rasmussen explains, “Experience has shown
that political class voters share the views and attitudes of the
elites they support. … In many cases, the gap between the mainstream
view and the political class is larger than the gap between
mainstream Republicans and Democrats.”
Furthermore, Rasmussen says, “In the clique that revolves around
Washington, D.C., and Wall Street … some see self-governance as
little more than allowing voters to choose which of two politicians
will rule over them. Others in that elite environment are even more
brazen and see self-governance as a problem to be overcome.”
The polling firm states that when leaners are included, 91 percent of
Republicans, 72 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of unaffiliated
voters fall into the “mainstream” category; the rest – a total of
nine percent of all voters – fall into the “political class.”
On the issue of international Islamic relations, Rasmussen found 80
percent of Republicans and 62 percent of unaffiliated believe there
is a global conflict today between Western civilization and the
Islamic world. Just 46 percent of Democrats agreed.
There’s little partisan disagreement, however, when it comes to what
the United States should do about it, Rasmussen found: Majorities of
all three groups say America should stop fueling the Arab Spring that
has already toppled several more secular governments in the Muslim
Statistics were compiled from three surveys conducted in the last
four weeks, each polling 1,000 likely U.S. voters. (© 2012
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 05/15/12)
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