An increasing number of Americans see Islam as more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its followers, according to a survey on religion and politics released on Thursday. The nationwide poll of more than 2,000 adults found that 44 percent believe Islam encourages violence, up sharply from the 25 percent who held that view in a 2002 poll. The gender, educational level and location of the respondents did not affect their opinions, according to the survey conducted by the Pew Research Center and Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, based in Washington. A separate survey, conducted in June, found that Americans increasingly perceive anti-Americanism among Muslims around the world. Nearly a quarter said most or almost all Muslims are anti-American. By comparison, a March 2002 survey found only 18 percent felt that way. Full Story
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