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UK Poll Shows Up to 1.5 Million ISIS Supporters in Britain

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A poll conducted by ICM for The Daily Mirror shows 9% of respondents viewed the Islamic State positively, up 2 percentage points from last year.


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Gillian M (11)
Thursday July 9, 2015, 6:57 am
A poll conducted by ICM for 'The Daily Mirror' shows 9% of respondents viewed the Islamic State positively, up 2 percentage points from last year.

There may be an estimated 1.5 million supporters of the Islamic State in the UK, according to a poll by The Daily Mirror.

Polling company ICM conducted a poll for the newspaper of 2,016 people, who rated their feelings on the Islamic State.

Support for the world’s most notorious terrorist group had risen compared to last year’s poll. Last year, two percent rated their feelings towards ISIS as ‘very favorable’ with five percent regarding the group ‘somewhat favorably.’

This year those numbers have risen with three percent feeling ‘very favorable’ towards the Islamic State and six percent feeling ‘somewhat favorable.’

Overall British opinion of the Islamic State seemed to very hostile. The poll recorded 80 percent of respondents as feeling ‘very unfavorable’ with a further five percent feeling ‘somewhat unfavorable.’ Six percent said they did not know.

This represents a hardening of hostility to the Islamic State. Last year 44 percent of respondents felt ‘very unfavorable’ towards the Islamic State, with 20 percent feeling ‘somewhat unfavorable.’ Then, 29 percent of respondents said they did not know.

The stark disparity can be attributed to the many high profile atrocities perpetrated by the Islamic State since their declaration of a Caliphate a year ago and their blitzkrieg conquest of Mosul and large parts of Sunni Iraq.

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, who has been outspoken in his opposition to Islamist groups, told The Mirror “I am glad to see that opposition to ISIS has grown over the last year.”

He highlighted the need for greater introspection and willingness within the UK Muslim community to address the problem of radicalization.

"It is a great concern that there is a small percentage of people who are attracted to them," he said. "It's why I think that all of us, but particularly within the Muslim community, need to look within our ranks to see how this is happening.”

Photos of a man draped in the Islamic State flag walking near the UK parliament circulated on social media, a few days ago.

President of the Muslim Association of Britain Omer el-Hamdoom condemned the support for the Islamic State, but blamed Western foreign policy for support for the Islamic State.

"One reason may be due to the perception that ISIS represents an opponent to the West and those who are dissatisfied or disenfranchised with the new Tory policies – of further cuts and civil rights strangulation - are using this anonymous platform to express their frustration," he said.

The Muslim Association is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which shares the Islamic State's goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate that enforces sharia law as state law.

The Muslim Brotherhood's disagreement with the Islamic State is primarily methodological rather than ideological.

Last week Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro conducted an analysis of four polls showing that the Islamic State has an estimated minimum of 8.5 million supporters across the Middle East, with up to 42 million viewing the group positively across the region.

The percentage of supporters in any given country ranges between 2 percent and 13 percent, but the large population of the region means that even a small percentage is a large number of people.


Past Member (0)
Thursday July 9, 2015, 9:19 am
That's a frightening #...thanks

Maggie D (69)
Thursday July 9, 2015, 4:52 pm
Unfortunately. those numbers are only going to increase. And to think for years, when I was younger I actually wanted to live there! Thanks, Penny, noted.

Hilary S (65)
Friday July 10, 2015, 12:42 am
all that money the saudis and qataris have been investing in swaying public opinion through the media has evidently paid off.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 10, 2015, 5:06 am
Noted. Thanks Penny.

Shil O (0)
Friday July 10, 2015, 5:10 am
they come from their s*itholes in search of freedom-- they find freedom, can't handle it but love the jizya (welfare benefits) so they want the best of both worlds -- turn the west into a s*ithole also but maintain the welfare benefits
wont work - only where Judeo/Christian values are maintained has a country flourished

Past Member (0)
Friday July 10, 2015, 11:48 am
Glad I don't live there, I wonder if they are sorry now, that they welcomed Muslims in the past ?

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday July 10, 2015, 12:56 pm
What?? :(

Stan B (123)
Friday July 10, 2015, 2:39 pm
That's a huge number of potential terrorists and fifth columnists!

marie T (163)
Friday July 10, 2015, 4:10 pm
I believe there is even a lot more very few Muslims ever speak out when atrocities occur

Winn A (179)
Saturday July 11, 2015, 6:30 am
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