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Poll Shows Iranians Think U.S. Out to Humiliate Islam

Iran Times International, Posted: Jan 05, 2009

A new World Public Opinion.org poll taken in 21 nations concludes that Iranians more than any other people surveyed believe the United States purposefully tries to humiliate the Islamic world.

The poll results show that almost two-thirds of Iranians said they believe that Americans hate Muslims and go out of their way to humiliate the Islamic countries and their people. About 40 percent of Muslims in the other Islamic countries surveyed accept that view.

Conducted from July to October, the poll surveyed 21,740 respondents from 21 nations, including the Muslim majority countries of Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Pakistan and Indonesia plus Nigeria.

The poll found that worldwide, in Muslim and non-Muslim countries alike, majorities believe the United States is disrespectful of the Muslim world, but fewer than half believed this was done intentionally. Some 16 percent said the U.S. mostly shows respect to the Islamic world, 36 percent said America was often disrespectful out of ignorance and insensitivity, and 31 percent said the U.S. purposely tries to humiliate the Islamic world.

Of the Americans surveyed, 56 percent said the United States shows respect, about a third thought the United States was disrespectful out of ignorance and 5 percent thought the country was out to humiliate the Islamic world.

As many Americans think the United States is out to humiliate Muslims as Iranians think the United States shows respect to the Islamic world.

The complete survey can be found at: http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/.

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