1 in 6 French People View ISIS Favourably

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.

Almost 1 in 3 people aged 18-24 in France view ISIS positively.

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

EnzaEnza 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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9 Responses to 1 in 6 French People View ISIS Favourably

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    No doubt anti-Semitism plays a major role here (even though ISIS at present mainly targets Christians, “heretical” Muslims, and other infidels rather than Jews due to the absence of the latter from the territory they currently control), since this tends to lead to sympathy for Islamism. There may be a touch of leftist anti-Establishment views here, but that can only be a minor contributor (and I don’t know why it would be so small in Germany compared to Britain and France). The really sad part is the large number of British sympathizers, though (particularly among the young) this may be mainly Muslims. (Since Muslims breed, unlike native Europeans, they make up a disproportionate share of the young.)

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      and I don’t know why it would be so small in Germany compared to Britain and France

      1) Given Germany’s history, I believe they are very sensitive about anti-Semitism raising its ugly head anywhere in Germany. There was even a recent article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper which basically said that the time had come to call a spade a spade and stop letting Hamas get away with their crimes.

      2) I believe the largest number of Muslims in Germany are still the Turks and they have been coming to Germany for at least 40 years. But they were not given citizenship automatically like the Algerians were in France. They were also required to assimilate more and unlike, I believe, many other Muslims who immigrated to Europe a large number of Turks go back to Turkey once they have enough money to retire. Furthermore, I saw another article in the FA newspaper in which a young Turkish female born in Germany went to Turkey for a few years, but returned to Germany as she figured out she was really a German culturally. You can be sure there are many like this girl in Germany. Several of the German World Cup team are of Muslim heritage.

      I also don’t recall the huge Muslim Ghettos in Germany which one has in France and parts of the U.K., but it has been some time since I looked into this question so this might have changed.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Actually, I would think the sensitivity to anti-Semitism following World War II would lead (as it has in Britain and France) to more of it now, unless it actually caused the Germans to reject anti-Semitism instead of merely rendering it covert until a good excuse to espouse it came up. Note that there have been plenty of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany as well, though it doesn’t take many people to commit such crimes (and most of the perps no doubt are Muslim militants).

        There certainly is Muslim militancy in Germany; I seem to recall that the 9/11/01 attackers were linked to Hamburg groups. On the other hand, I do recall that many of their Muslim immigrants are indeed Turks, and the thought occurs to me — were those Turks the urban types who liked Kemalism, or rural types prone to Islamism? If the former, no wonder someone going back to Turkey in recent years would find it undesirable — and no wonder they wouldn’t react to events as typical Muslims. They’d be sort of like Reform Jews.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    In this case (and many other cases as well), I’ll have to defer to Isaiah:

    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

  3. Glenn Fairman says:

    As a way of researching British anti-Semitism, then and now, I have just launched into Anthony Julius’ “Trials of the Diaspora,” an exhaustive history of this peculiar soul sickness in Britain. The recent explosion of Jew hatred there cannot be chalked up to anti-Zionist fever enflamed by the Guardian, because Israelis are not being attacked in England or France—Jewery ifself is on trial once again. My thesis, and not just my own, is that there has been a subterranean streak in Britain since the end of WW2 and the Mandate, but shame has made it politically incorrect to voice in polite company. It now appears that the taboo has been lifted and people are breathing free—–free enough to vent the worm consuming their hearts. With 300k Jews and 2 million Muslims, Jews are rethinking the unthinkable—a mass European exodus to Israel if push irrevocably comes to shove.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    This may be an interesting book on the subject, although it’s a few years old: Rising from the Muck: The New Anti-Semitism in Europe. One Amazon.com reviewer sums up the major points:

    Taguieff supplies us with six main features of the “new global Judeophobia.” They are (1) massive and virulent use of anti-racism for anti-Jewish purposes (such as at the infamous Durban conference in 2001), (2) denunciation of the “Holocaust industry,” (3) radical critiques of neoliberal globalization, (4)massive uncritical reception of the myth of innocent Arab victims of Jewish persecution, (5) extreme Israelophobic discourse, and (6) monopolization of the words “racism” and “genocide” to benefit Muslims and Arabs and to obliterate the history of their victims.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Well, that certainly matches what’s happening today, not just among Muslim Scweinhunde, but also among their fellow travelers and useful idiots in Europe and elsewhere in the West (e.g., many US college campuses).

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Regarding anti-Semitism in Europe and the favorable numbers for Islamic brutality, particularly in France, the irony is that that overwhelming number of Jews are extremely liberal. And yet this has bought them little or no comradeship from the European masses and intellectuals who are also overwhelmingly liberal. — which goes to show that this is true anti-Semitism that is occurring.

    Dennis Prager, for example, says that the vast majority of Jews practice Leftism as their religion, not Judaism. Perhaps Jews were forever befuddled as to who their friends are after the Nazis were incorrectly labeled as “right wing” — a belief, I should note, that even Dennis Prager shares.

    Jews are again a lost tribe. The only protection they have is, perhaps ironically, from Christians in the United States. Other than them, the entire insane world is set against them. And the Jews themselves tend to be entirely confused about who their friends are. Perhaps one day they will figure out that Karl Marx, Obama, and others on the Left are their active enemies. Maybe they will again find wisdom in practicing their sacred and true religion rather than the various vanities and conceits of Leftism.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I tend to be philo-Semitic and pro-Zionist, but I have to admit that my sympathy for Jews is greatly mitigated by their persistent liberalism despite the hostility against them increasingly prevalent on their side. Of course, it still helps that I have a strong hostility to Islam, especially in its militant form.

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