Pew Research Center surveyed muslim countries to determine how much support there is for terrorism, strict sharia law and other questions. There are over 1.7 billion muslims in the world.
Countries with the most muslims have large and growing populations.
Pakistan’s estimated population in 2016 of about 197 million and is growing by about 5 million every year.
Nigeria has an estimated 2016 population of about 187 million and is growing by about 5 million every year.
Indonesia’s estimated population in 2016 of about 260 million and is growing by about 3 million every year.
Turkey’s estimated population in 2016 of about 80 million and is growing by about 1.2 million every year.
Malaysia’s estimated population in 2016 of about 30.7 million and is growing by about 0.5 million every year.
How many support the terrorist group ISIS ?
Only 28% in Pakistan had an unfavorable view of ISIS, and a majority of Pakistanis (62%) had no opinion on the extremist group.
9% of Pakistan support [have a favorable view of] ISIS which is 17.8 million and another 122 million had no opinion or would not say it.
14% of Nigeria supports [have a favorable view of] ISIS which is 26.2 million and another 37.4 million had no opinion or would not say it.
Another 21 million supports [have a favorable view of] ISIS in Indonesia, Turkey, Malaysia and Senegal with another 75 million had no opinion or would not say it.
Lower population places like Palestine also support ISIS and clearly there is support in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Iran, Libya and Afghanistan.
So at least 100 million muslims support [have a favorable view] ISIS and if say around half of those who would not say their opinion had some support then it could be another 200-300 million.
A favorable view of terrorism as a tactic in general is even higher than support for ISIS About 200 million muslims support terrorism as a tactic.
Support of Sharia law and the death for conversion from Islam part of sharia
Strict Sharia law support is around 700 million to 1 billion.
Support for the death for leaving Islam is about 500-700 million.
How many in the USA
Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. This means that Muslims made up about 1% of the total U.S. population (about 322 million people in 2015), and we estimate that that share will double by 2050.
SOURCES – Pew Research, Wikipedia, Clarion project
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