- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A new poll shows that most likely voters in the United States believe Islam, as practiced today, encourages violence more than most other religions and nearly two-thirds now think there is a global conflict in the world today between Western civilization and Islam.

Fifty-two percent believe Islam as practiced now encourages violence more than most other other religions, according to the Rasmussen poll.

In a recent speech, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told imams they are in need of a “religious revolution” as Muslim leaders work to combat extremist elements that have become associated with the religion.

Three-quarters of likely U.S. voters agree that Islamic religious leaders need to do more to emphasize the peaceful beliefs of their faith, and 64 percent now think there is a global conflict in the world today between Western civilization and Islam.

As the world responds to the terrorist attacks in Paris last week that claimed the lives of 17 people, a Rasmussen poll out earlier this week said that 65 percent of American adults believe it is at least somewhat likely an attack on “those critical of Islam” will happen in the United States in the next year.

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