Only 4% of British Muslims believe Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist group was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, a new poll published on Friday found.
According to the poll results — which were based on a survey of 3,000 British Muslims conducted by ICM for the Policy Exchange think tank — 31% of respondents said the US government was behind the devastating September 2001 terrorist attacks — in which nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia — while 7% pointed a finger of blame at Jews.
A majority — 52% — said they did not know who carried out the attacks, while 6% chose “other.”
Asked what they would do if someone close to them was “getting involved with people who supported terrorism in Syria,” 52% replied, “Report it to the police.” 26% said they would “talk to them directly,” 20% said they would “look for help from family and friends” and 17% said they would “look for help from religious community leaders.”
More than a quarter of respondents — 26% — said extremist views do not exist within the British Muslim community.
43% expressed support for “the introduction of aspects of Sharia law into Britain,” whereas only 22% said they were opposed to this (23% said they neither supported nor opposed the idea, while 12% replied that they didn’t know).
The United Kingdom is estimated to be home to around 3 million Muslims — close to 5% of the total population.
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