Middle East / Muslims in Media Statistics

81% of Muslims surveyed support Islamic State ideology – Al Jazeera Arabic Poll

by Jordan Schachtel, Breitbart
25 May 2015, Washington, D.C.

In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region.

The poll, which asked in Arabic, “Do you support the organizing victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?” has generated over 38,000 responses thus far, with only 19% of respondents voting “NO” to supporting ISIS.

Al Jazeera Arabic’s television audience is largely made up of Sunni Muslims living in the Arab world. Its biggest viewership numbers come from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, along with a large amount of satellite television viewers in the United States, according to research estimates. AlJazeera.net is most popular in Saudi Arabia, the United States, Egypt, Morocco, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the Alexa webpage analytics site. Al Jazeera claims that it has over 40 million viewers in the Arab world.

The news that an overwhelming majority of respondents to the Al Jazeera Arabic poll strongly support ISIS may not surprise long-time trackers of the controversial network. The news outfit, which is run by Qatar’s ruling family and headquartered in Doha, has a track record rife with allegations that the organization supports the narratives of Sunni terrorist groups.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, the Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha proudly displayed silhouettes revering Osama bin Laden as a prophet-like figure, according to a New York Times investigation. In an Al Jazeera survey taken on September 11, 2006, 50% of respondents said they supported Osama bin Laden.

The network also faces multiple accusations that it reports with a strong bias in favor of Sunni Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which is designated as a terrorist group in many countries. In 2013, dozens of its Egypt bureau staff members resigned in protest of the network’s “biased coverage” in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood. More recently, In mid-May, a former Al Jazeera English journalist accused his former employer of being an arm of the foreign policy of Qatar. He also described the network as being dedicated to the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to legal testimony.

Another recent investigation found that the NSA had labeled Al Jazeera’s Islamabad bureau chief as an Al Qaeda terrorist and member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The poll’s troubling findings come following recent news that Al Jazeera’s United States outfit, Al Jazeera America, is facing multiple lawsuits dealing with anti-Semitism and gender discrimination, along with a rapidly declining viewership.

[The original poll in arabic was not available in the English language version of Al Jazeera):

Saudi support of ISIS 81 percent poll 1


39 thoughts on “81% of Muslims surveyed support Islamic State ideology – Al Jazeera Arabic Poll

  1. Given that the poll is asking about IS in the context of Syria, where the non-jihadi Sunnis are making a poor showing of resisting the Shi’ite / secular regime of Assad, it’s not a great surprise that the poll shows this. It’s therefore inappropriate to quote it as evidence of strong support for IS more widely, which is what the headline seeks to do IMHO. In WWII we rejoiced at the success of Stalin v Hitler; for a Sunni it’s a similar choice.


  2. ok, so what is weak about the evidence base? and also, what does this bomb proof evidence look like? what type of evidence is that?


    • My objection is to the use of an opinion poll from a limited subset of the Muslim world to draw conclusions about ‘Muslims’. Most Muslims live further east – Pakistan, Bangladesh Indonesia etc are also Muslim, each with hundreds of millions of Muslims. Their Islam is far more pacific in PRACTICE. So in order to draw conclusions on the level that you are seeking to about ‘Muslims’, you need to ensure that the poll reflects the views of those heavily populated areas, and not just those of the relatively sparsely populated Middle East.

      A more correct headline for this piece might have been ‘81% of Arab Sunni Muslims’. This table is a reminder of how many Muslims aren’t Africans; it’s a LOT!


      [I’m an MA student in Church History, so I spend a lot of my time critiquing sources and data. I want the opponents of Islam to have their facts well established, not questionable. You might like these two quotes by the way:

      For Islam’s approach Khomeni in 1942 argues:
      ‘Islam’s jihad is a struggle against idolatry, sexual deviation, plunder, repression, and cruelty. The war waged by [non-Islamic] conquerors, however, aims at promoting lust and animal pleasures. They care not if whole countries are wiped out and many families left homeless. But those who study jihad will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. All the countries conquered by Islam or to be conquered in the future will be marked for everlasting salvation. For they shall live under [God’s law]…. Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless.’

      Barry M. Rubin and Judith Colp Rubin, eds. Anti-American terrorism and the Middle East: A documentary reader. (Oxford: OUP, 2004) p. 29

      The 13th century Ibn Taimiya articulates a more comprehensive theological justification for the marauding, arguing that the property of non-Muslims must revert legitimately to the followers of the true religion; Jihad is the means to recover these illegally usurped possession, offering a justification for any Muslim to steal from an infidel. This legitimation of their earlier practice suggests that independent Arab marauders descending on villages to steal did do so with religious sanction. This, occurring in advance of the formal expansion of the Islamic Empire, softens up the target for actual conquest

      Bat Ye’Or, The decline of eastern Christianity under Islam: from jihad to dhimmitude. (Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, US: 1996) p.39-40.

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      • except that a lot of arab nations ALSO hate ISIS. In Iraq, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Libya and Egypt the amount of positive support was 5% 3% 6% 7% and 2%. Most Muslims actually loathe Isis even more then we do,.


  3. well fair enough point, but what one has to remember is that sunni arabs no longer only live in the middle east, they now live in the west, both in europe and north america. thats why i think its fair to say that sunni muslims around the world support isis. interesting quotes you have got, I think however next time you should be a bit more clear on what your position is, so I don’t take you for being a PC leftist. Also I think one should be careful with the ww2 analogy because it can so easily be turned the other way around.


  4. Your poll is a lot of crap. If anyone supports ISIS, it’s the ppl that created them. 99.99% of Muslims all over the world have condemned ISIS/ISIL and clarified their murderous coordinated acts are nonislamic. So this poll is a bunch of BS, based on how you reworded it. SHOVE IT your poll, and I vote for that!!!


  5. You are right, the link is provided in the article.
    But the survey is formulated slightly in a different way in arabic.
    It says: Is progress in the organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria for the benefit of the region?
    I think that most of people voted “yes” because they didn’t agree with the authorities of these countries. maybe they hope that this war will conduct to a revolution of people in order to establish a democratic nation.
    I don’t think at all that most of muslims will share the same extremist ideologies of the Islamic State.


    • Actually, there is an English translation in the screencap: Do you support the organizing victories of the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. Quite different from your translation. In either case, both reveal that there is support for ISIS. Do you think any non-Muslim around the world would respond that terrorists benefits a region, or support terror victories? Hardly.


      • My translation is the most correct because i am an arabic native speaker.
        I live in an arabic an muslim nation and I can confirm to you that all my entourage (circle) don’t support the ISIS. this poll does not reflect the reality.


      • Ok, so you claim Al-Jazeera makes inaccurate translations?
        You are now contradicting yourself from your initial claim. For anyone to say yes to the question “Is progress in the organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria for the benefit of the region?” – is plain support for terrorism. A region or country does not benefit from terrorism to anyone, except to those who offer it support.

        The author of the article is a National Security MA in National Security and Intelligence, and speaks fluent Arabic.


  6. On the other hand, and in response to your question : “Do you think any non-Muslim around the world would respond that terrorists benefits a region, or support terror victories? Hardly”

    Do you think that all non-muslim are systematically not terrorists? then you are wrong.
    Hitler is just an example, and he was not the only one.
    I can give more examples and you can find them by yourself using google.


    • Hitler committed his acts in admiration of “prophet” Mohammed who he claimed was the only prophet he admired, and on the encouragement of Amin al-Husseini, the founder of the Palestine jihad against the jewish people, who encouraged Hitler to emulate the Muslim genocide of Armenian Christians, but against the jews. He offered entire Muslim armies to Hitler to help him round up the jewish people.


  7. I see that you are writing in this blog since November 2012. So you may have tons of arguments, and as a simple industrual engineer, I can not beat you in your field.
    I can just ensure to you once again that my entourage don’t support ISIS and all extremist ideologies. We beleive that Islam is a religion of peace.
    Please permet me to give you this link where you can find more informations about Islam:


    • Where has anyone mentioned you, personally? There are Muslims, but mainly non-Sunni’s and non-Shiites and from minority groups, to whom terrorism is rare. Who has accused them of anything? Our main accusation is against Islam, and the Hadith in particular.

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  9. This is a preposterous falsehood. I am Muslim and there are NO Muslims of the hundreds I know who short these filthy fakes. ISIS are not even Muslims, they are blasphemers and enemies of Islam. al-Jazeera is NOT a Muslim media, it is a Zionist rag, owned by those recalcitrant rats in Qatar. Wahhabis themselves are NOT Muslims. This was established more than 100 years ago and the West foisted them on us via Lawrence of Arabia and the British Secret Service.


  10. Are Americans STILL surprised by this information? I’d be surprised if the numbers were lower. The Muzzies want to DESTROY us. Another Democrat regime would help them. If Hillary gets elected…we’re DONE.


  11. How come Jews work and support the immigration of muslims and other third world people into every White country but on the other hand support the apartheid, racist and terrorist state of israel who only Jewish immigration?


    • They don’t support muslim migration into “every white country”. Don’t know where you get that conspiracy from. Besides, Israel has the highest percentage immigrants in the Middle East, so that too doesn’t fit the ideas you appear to have. They take in Africans, Muslims, Asians – everything.


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