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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
In the first substantial shift of public opinion in the Muslim world since the beginning of the United States’ global war on terrorism, more people in the world’s largest Muslim country now favor American efforts against terrorism than oppose them.
This is just one of many dramatic findings of a new nationwide poll in Indonesia conducted February 1-6, 2005, and just translated and released.
In a stunning turnaround of public opinion, support for Osama Bin Laden and terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim nation has dropped significantly, while favorable views of the United States have increased. The poll demonstrates that the reason for this positive change is the American response to the tsunami.
Take that, Barbara Boxer!
UPDATE. In other poll news, Mickey Kaus identifies the missing pro-Bush number:
What’s the pro-Bush number in the latest NYT poll story–“New Poll Finds Americans Actually Despise President They Just Re-Elected,” or something like that–that Adam Nagourney and Janet Elder don’t tell their readers about? You know it’s there somewhere! Answer: Bush’s approval rating for “handling the campaign against terrorism.” 61% approve; 38% disapprove. … That’s a 10 point net gain in a little over a month.