The Pew Research Center has good news on the anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's death:
A year after the death of its leader, al Qaeda is widely unpopular among Muslim publics. A new poll by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, conducted March 19 to April 13, 2012, finds majorities – and mostly large majorities – expressing negative views of the terrorist group in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Turkey and Lebanon.
Great news, right? Only 21% of Egypt, 15% of Jordan, 13% of Pakistan, 6% of Turkey and 2% of Lebanon express even favorable views toward the terrorist group.
Looked another way, of course, that means that al Qaeda enjoys the support of 47,284,049 Muslims in only five of the 50 countries in which a majority of the population is Muslim.
Not a typo -- according to this survey, more than 47 million Muslims in only five countries support the terrorist group. If roughly similar percentages of Muslims support al Qaeda in the remaining countries -- which include Indonesia, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia -- we're talking a lot of support.
I wonder which way the media reports of this survey will frame it -- as comfortingly low support or frighteningly high.
On the other hand, before his death last year, Pew used to measure confidence in Osama bin Laden. And those figures plummeted among Muslims over the years.