Poll Results on Muslim-Western Relations: Dawn of a New Era?


By Sara Reef

The vast majority of individuals in both Muslim-majority and Western countries surveyed in a recent Abu Dhabi Gallup Center poll believe that greater interaction between them would be a benefit rather than a threat. In fact, an average 59 per cent of people across 48 countries says it's advantageous. These findings are part of a new report, "Measuring the State of Muslim-West Relations: Assessing the 'New Beginning'", released in November 2010 by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center.

The poll surveyed over 100,000 respondents across 55 countries between 2006 and 2010. The report challenges political scientist Samuel Huntington's "clash of civilisations" theory by showing that the majority of people in countries surveyed perceive Muslim-Western interaction as a benefit, rather than a threat.

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