WASHINGTON - Among six predominantly Muslim countries and territories recently surveyed, Muslims in the Palestinian territories voiced the most support for Osama bin Laden, a poll released yesterday showed.
The poll, conducted by Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project, found that Muslims around the world displayed declining confidence in bin Laden, while Palestinian Muslims retained the highest rates for the terrorist leader.
More than 34 percent of Palestinian Muslims said in 2011 they had confidence in bin Laden to do the right thing in world affairs, a nearly 20 percent drop since 2009. In 2003, 72 percent of Palestinians voiced support for bin Laden; Turkey showed the least support that year, with 15 percent.
Indonesian Muslims showed a decline from 41 percent in favor of bin Laden in 2007, to 26 percent in 2011, while 22 percent of Egyptians and 13 percent of Muslims in Jordan voiced their confidence in the Qaida chief.
Bin Laden had almost no support among Turkish (3% ) or Lebanese Muslims (1% ).
The survey showed how support for the Qaida leader had dropped drastically across the board since 2003, with the greatest decline occurring in Jordan, where the support for bin Laden dropped from 56 percent in 2003 to 13 percent in the current poll.
Palestinian Muslims had positive opinions of the terror group Al-Qaida as well, with 28% reporting favorable opinions, but some 68 percent of the Muslim population viewed Al-Qaida unfavorably.
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