Poll: Fears of Islamic extremism on the rise

Concern about Islamic extremism is on the rise around the globe, according to new polling data from the Pew Research Center.

According to the global survey — which was conducted before Thursday’s killing of four Marines in Tennessee as well as a set of attacks across three continents in June — 53 percent of Americans say they are “very concerned” about Islamic extremism in the U.S., up from 36 percent in 2011.

 Similar numbers persist in many European nations, which have seen 20- and 30-point increases in the number of people reporting grave fears about extremist violence.

On average, the Pew survey found that 52 percent of people across nine Western nations were “very concerned” about the threat.

The concern was slightly lower in nine non-European countries with high Muslim populations but still on the rise in places like Nigeria, Lebanon and Pakistan.

  • eMan14

    I’m not sure which to fear more. Islamic extremism, or progressive stupidity. Yet they co-exist quite well together.