One in four younger Muslims in the United States believes suicide bombings to defend Islam are justified in at least some circumstances, although nearly 80 per cent of all Muslim Americans say such attacks are never acceptable, and most are critical of Al Qaeda, according to a poll released yesterday by the Pew Research Center.
Overall, 78 per cent of Muslim Americans said suicide bombings of civilian targets to defend Islam cannot be justified; 13 per cent say they can be, in some circumstances. The view is strongest among those younger than 30, but for all Muslim Americans, such support is far lower than among Muslims in many other nations, including in several Western European countries.
The poll also found that native-born black Muslims, who make up about 20 per cent of the Muslim community in the U.S., are the most disillusioned segment, tending to be more skeptical of the view that hard work pays off and less satisfied with the way things are going.
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