by Enza Ferreri 8/27/14
An ICM poll on behalf of the Russian state news agency Rossiya Segodnya tested the public attitude towards the group ISIS (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant or ISIL, and now calling itself Islamic State or IS) in 3 European countries: Great Britain, France and Germany.
The news agency commissioning the poll may be Putin-friendly, but the polling firm ICM is as reputable as any.
The survey asked people whether they had a favourable or unfavourable view of ISIS.
In France, 16% say they have a favourable view.
In the UK, 7% say they have a favourable view.
In Germany, 2% say they have a favourable view.
The astonishing result concerns France. Considering that the official figures for France’s Muslims are from 5 to 10% of the population, these data are difficult to explain. Either – as it’s possible – “French” Muslims are more numerous than we are told, or French non-Muslims are displaying an odd sympathy for the Islamic State.
Not only that. If we break down the results by age group, we find even more worrisome outcomes, as shown below.
Also significant are the percentages of respondents who say they have an unfavourable view of ISIS: 62% in France, 64% in Britan, and 82% in Germany.
Except in Germany, they are very low percentages indeed. Considering that the Islamic State is ethnically cleansing Iraq and Syria of Christians – or rather continuing the ethnic cleansing started before it -, and the brutality with which they treat Christians, one has to ask what the barbaric jihadists of the IS should do to get a 90% of “unfavourable views” (impossible in Islamised France anyway) from these apathetic populations feeding on Kim Kardashian (whoever that is), bad TV and Emmy Awards (whatever they are).
H/t Vox and Hot Air
Enza Ferreri is an Italian-born, London-based Philosophy graduate, author, and journalist. She has been a London correspondent for several Italian magazines and newspapers, including Panorama, L’Espresso, La Repubblica. She is in the Executive Council of the UK’s party Liberty GB.
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