A survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide conducted on May 10-11, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports has revealed the following key findings:
- 63% total—80% of Republicans and 62% of Independents, but only (or even?) 46% of Democrats—believe there is a conflict between Islamdom and Western civilization. What the report terms the “Political Class”—a group held in low esteem by “Mainstream Voters”—remains “evenly divided on the question,” and “more supportive of U.S. efforts to encourage democracy in the Islamic world,” compared to the Mainstream. However, 73% of the latter, i.e., Mainstream Voters, recognize the conflict.
- A mere 26% believe the United States should be aggressive in encouraging “the growth of democracy in the Islamic world,” while 58% maintain the US should leave matters alone, and 16% are undecided.
- Moreover, a scant 10% of voters predict that America’s relationship with the Muslim world will improve a year from now, while 29% believe that relationship will deteriorate further, and 50% expect it to remain unchanged.
- Finally, those who have served in the military, past or present, or are family members of those currently serving, are more pessimistic than those who lack this background
After nearly 19,000 jihadist attacks since 9/11/2001, perhaps these somber, if Islamo-Realistic views, are influenced by a phenomenon Nicolai Sennels characterized in his essay, and plea for moral clarity in nomenclature, “Islamonausea, not Islamophobia.”