These polls are of only limited value, as people generally tell pollsters what they want to hear. In light of that, the fact that 27% of Muslims in Britain openly acknowledged sympathy for the Charlie Hebdo jihad attacks is remarkable — but not surprising in light of the fact that we saw huge numbers of Muslims demonstrating against the cartoons worldwide, but nary a single Muslim demonstration in favor of the freedom of speech and against the Islamic death penalty for blasphemy.
“Most British Muslims ‘oppose Muhammad cartoons reprisals,'” BBC, February 25, 2015 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
The majority of British Muslims oppose violence against people who publish images depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a poll for the BBC suggests.
The survey also indicates most have no sympathy with those who want to fight against Western interests.
But 27% of the 1,000 Muslims polled by ComRes said they had some sympathy for the motives behind the Paris attacks.
Almost 80% said they had found it deeply offensive when images depicting the Prophet were published.
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Asked if acts of violence against those who publish images of the Prophet Muhammad can “never be justified”, 68% agreed that such violence was never justifiable.But 24% disagreed with the statement, while the rest replied “don’t know” or refused to answer.
The poll, carried out between 26 January and 20 February, suggests 32% of British Muslims were not surprised by January’s attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, which published depictions of the Prophet, and a kosher supermarket in Paris.
The poll also suggests that almost half of British Muslims believe they face discrimination because of their faith and that Britain is becoming less tolerant, while the same percentage feel prejudice against Islam makes it difficult being a Muslim in the UK….