Americans' Views on Islam and Violence

A plurality of Americans believe Islam does not promote violence more than other religions.

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Based on data from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, how Americans see the religion of Islam can change a lot depending on the times. Between March 2002 and July 2003 the percentage of Americans who believe the religion promotes violence more than other religions jumped from less than 25 percent to over 40 percent. Currently more Americans believe Islam does not promote violence any more than other religions, but a significant number still think it does. See a closer look of the data below.