Substantial minorities of Americans admit to having negative feelings or prejudices against people of the Muslim faith, and favor using heightened security measures with Muslims as a way to help prevent terrorism. Personally knowing someone who is Muslim — which 41% of Americans say they do — corresponds with more favorable attitudes on these questions.
Although Americans believe they are better informed about Islam than they were five years ago, fewer than one in five say their impression of the religion is favorable. Forty-five percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Islam, a rise from 36 percent in February. And the public’s impression of Islam has diminished [...]
Nearly six in 10 Americans think Islam is prone to violent extremism, nearly half regard it unfavorably, and one in four admits to prejudicial feelings against Muslims and Arabs alike.
61% of American respondents felt the publisher of the European newspapers who printed inflammatory cartoons about Mohammad (founder of Islam) acted irresponsibly. 61% also thought that the controversy stemmed from Muslim intolerance.
56% of respondents thought the violent protests by Muslims in reaction to Danish cartoons were unjustified and a plurality of respondents (41%) were unsure of whether the Danish newspaper was justified in printing the cartoon.