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If it's actions appall the majority, what of the high levels of support for ISIS in France?

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Submitted by Anon. (Israel), Oct 16, 2014 at 22:38

Though the figures of 1 in 6 people in France (meaning all its Muslims and then some) seem too high to be credible, it obviously does command a great deal of support amongst Muslims.

Perhaps you mean they're favorably disposed towards it just so long as it doesn't control them. That would make some sense. It seems to me that ultimately they just find it hard to condemn any group that invokes Islam and fights for Islam no matter what it does but perhaps you have another explanation.

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1. That ICM survey bewilders me. In more detail:

The Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy published a poll day showing 5, 3, and 0% support for ISIS in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Lebanon, respectively.

Two months earlier, ICM Research conducted a poll for Rossiya Segodnya showing 15, 7, and 2% support for ISIS in France, the UK, and Germany, respectively.

Is this possible? Can ISIS really be three times more popular among post-Christian West Europeans than among solidly Muslim Middle Easterners?

2. Even if the ICM poll were correct, 85% is certainly a majority.

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