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Poll: Americans Show Unfavorable Views on Islam

A new poll by a pro-family group found that an overwhelming number of American respondents have unfavorable views on Islam.
( [email protected] ) Jan 08, 2007 12:50 PM EST

A new poll by a pro-family group found that an overwhelming number of American respondents have unfavorable views on Islam.

The American Family Association is currently polling Americans on their opinion of Islam as more Americans are converting to be Muslims. The growth of Islam in America is "concerning for a great many people," said Randy Sharp, director of special projects for AFA, according to Agape Press.

AFA thus released the poll to give Americans from all walks of life the opportunity to share their opinion on the matter. And Sharp insisted that the poll is not "Christianized" or just for the Christian religion.

According to the poll, the majority of respondents do not consider Islam to be a peaceful religion or a tolerant religion. And most do not believe America would be a better country if it were a Muslim country.

The majority of respondents also said "no" to placing equal emphasis on the Koran and the Bible in America.

In terms of politics, most Americans do not believe it would be good for America to have more Muslims in elected offices and most said they would not vote for a Muslim presidential candidate.

When it came to charity work, the majority of respondents said Muslim countries do not do more than America to help the poor.

The Islam and America poll comes as more immigrants in America along with Americans are converting to Islam. Although reports have not pinpointed any sort of trend among Americans converting, a handful of them are becoming more attracted to Islam.

"Islam is everything I wanted Christianity to be," said Eric Meek, a Southern Baptist Texan who converted to Islam, according to Dallas Morning News.

The poll on www.afa.net will be conducted until Jan. 15, but Sharp indicated that current results will most likely reflect the final results.