Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Poll Watch: Rasmussen (R) Survey on the Islamic World

Rasmussen (R) Poll on the Muslim World

Following last year’s so-called Arab spring, new governments are being established in nations such as Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. How likely is it that these new governments will become allies of the United States?
  • Very likely 7%
  • Somewhat likely 34%
  • Not too likely 32%
  • Not at all likely 13%
Over the next few years, how likely is it that these countries will become free, democratic and peaceful?
  • Very likely 3%
  • Somewhat likely 24%
  • Not too likely 46%
  • Not at all likely 16%
Survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted May 10-11, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.

Inside the numbers:
Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans and 68% of voters not affiliated with either major political party feel it’s unlikely the Arab Spring nations will become free, democratic and peaceful over the next few years. Democrats are more closely divided: 40% say it’s likely, while 48% believe it’s unlikely.

However, most Democrats (58%) think these nations will become allies of the United States in the near future, a view shared by just 28% of GOP voters and 35% of unaffiliateds.

Voters with an immediate family member in the military are slightly less optimistic than those without someone in uniform to believe these counties will transform into democracies and become U.S. allies.

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