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How do we know how many support terrorism?

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Submitted by Jason Bontrager (United States), Jan 31, 2003 at 19:01

The title of my message sums up my question. I've read time and again that "most Muslims do not support terrorism or violent expansion of Islam", yet I've never seen any citations to back up this claim. How do we know? Does *anyone* know the ratio of pro- versus anti-terrorism Muslims? And if someone does claim this knowledge, how did they acquire it? (If it's the result of a Saudi funded study I'm afraid that I'll have to question its reliability.)

If this question has already been answered I apologize for wasting people's time, and I'd appreciate a pointer to that answer.
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