France is only 7.5% Muslim, and we all know, of course, that the vast majority of them are peaceful, tolerant pluralists who abhor the Islamic State as un-Islamic — and only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. And even if all the Muslims in France supported the Islamic State, this poll, if accurate, would indicate that the Islamic State enjoys significant support among non-Muslims. As Osama bin Laden noted long ago, people like the strong horse.
“16% of French Citizens Support ISIS, Poll Finds,” by Madeline Grant, Newsweek, August 26, 2014 (thanks to Joaquin):
One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.
The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.
A recent Ifop poll placed French president Francois Hollande’s approval rating at just 18%.