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These findings are from surveys in Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, and Indonesia conducted from December 2006 to February, 2007 by WorldPublicOpinion.org with support from the START Consortium at the University of Maryland.
Large majorities across all four countries believe the United States seeks to "weaken and divide the Islamic world." On average 79 percent say they perceive this as a US goal, ranging from 73 percent in Indonesia and Pakistan to 92 percent in Egypt. Equally large numbers perceive that the United States is trying to maintain "control over the oil resources of the Middle East" (average 79%). Strong majorities (average 64%) even believe it is a US goal to "spread Christianity in the region."While US leaders may frame the conflict as a war on terrorism, people in the Islamic world clearly perceive the US as being at war with Islam," said Steven Kull, editor of WorldPublicOpinion.org.
Nearly a decade after Sept. 11, 2001, skepticism about the events of that day persists among Muslim publics.
When asked whether they think groups of Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., most Muslims in the nations surveyed say they do not believe this.There is no Muslim public in which even 30% accept that Arabs conducted the attacks. Indeed, Muslims in Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey are less likely to accept this today than in 2006.
Among Muslims, 50.9 percent of respondents agreed with the statement “Jews foment war and blame others for it” compared to only 7.1 percent among non-Muslims. Among Muslims, 24.5 percent said they partially agreed with the statement, as did 20.6 percent of non-Muslims.The statement “Jews seek to control everything” received a 45.1 approval rating among Muslims compared to 10.8 approval among non-Muslims. Of Muslims, 27.9 percent said they partially agreed, as did 29.2 percent of non-Muslims.
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More than half believed British Jews exerted too much influence over foreign policy.
46% believe "the Jewish community in Britain is in league with the Freemasons to control the media and politics," a conspiracy theory Board of Deputies director-general Jon Benjamin found "completely bizarre."More than a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds said they agreed with the views of jailed hate preacher Abu Hamza. 
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45% [of UK Muslims] thought that 9/11 was a conspiracy between the USA and Israel. 36% thought that Princess Diana was murdered to stop her marrying a Muslim. More seriously, only 29% thought that the holocaust occured, 2% denied it happened entirely, 17% think it was exaggerated (which is the stance proposed by most of today’s holocaust deniers), 24% said they had “no opinion” and 23% didn’t know what the holocaust was. 
Poll conducted by the Guardian/ICM organisations:
March 2004 / NowAgree 20% 14%
Disagree 68% 80%
Don't know 12% 6%"
52% believe that the British security services have "made up" evidence to convict terrorist suspects.
24% believe the four men identified as the July 7th bombers were not actually responsible for the attacks.68% believe that the Muslim community does not bear any responsibility for the emergence of extremists willing to attack UK targets. Although 58% felt that the community should be doing more.
Thirty-eight percent of American Muslims polled said they believe the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the tensions with Iran and Syria, reflect a foreign policy that is targeting Islamic countries and Muslims themselves.An additional 33 percent of Muslims interviewed said they believe the United States is fighting a war on terrorism, and 29 percent said they were not sure.
Poll of attendees of a convention of the Islamic Society of North America:
- Yes: 208
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5. Did Muslims hijack planes and fly them into buildings on 9/11?
- Yes: 117
6. Did the U.S. government have advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, and allow the attacks to occur?
- Yes: 200
7. Did the U.S. government organize the 9/11 attacks?
- Yes: 106
8. Are the tapes of Osama Bin Laden, claiming responsibility for the 9/11 attacks and threatening future attacks, real or fake?
- Real: 126
9. Did Muslims commit the July 2005 train and bus bombings in London?
- Yes: 140
10. The Canadian government says it stopped a plot by Canadian Muslims in June 2006 to attack targets in Canada. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
- Yes: 61
11. The British government says it stopped a plot by British Muslims in August 2006 to bomb planes flying to America. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
- Yes: 66
12. Is Al Qaeda a real organization, operated by Muslims who are trying to attack America?
- Yes: 149
A 2010 Pew survey found the belief that Barack Obama is a Muslim is not limited to critics and Republicans, but present even among supporters and Democrats.
A new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama's religion is. The survey was completed in early August, before Obama's recent comments about the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center.
The view that Obama is a Muslim is more widespread among his political opponents than among his backers. Roughly a third of conservative Republicans (34%) say Obama is a Muslim, as do 30% of those who disapprove of Obama's job performance. But even among many of his supporters and allies, less than half now say Obama is a Christian. Among Democrats, for instance, 46% say Obama is a Christian, down from 55% in March 2009.
The belief that Obama is a Muslim has increased most sharply among Republicans (up 14 points since 2009), especially conservative Republicans (up 16 points). But the number of independents who say Obama is a Muslim has also increased significantly (up eight points). There has been little change in the number of Democrats who say Obama is a Muslim, but fewer Democrats today say he is a Christian (down nine points since 2009).When asked how they learned about Obama's religion in an open-ended question, 60% of those who say Obama is a Muslim cite the media. Among specific media sources, television (at 16%) is mentioned most frequently. About one-in-ten (11%) of those who say Obama is a Muslim say they learned of this through Obama's own words and behavior.
In a 2011 Pew survey, it was found that this belief is also present among US Muslims.
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many see him as one of their own. One in 10 say they think the president is a Muslim, while a third say they don't know or refused to answer.
- Muslims Believe US Seeks to Undermine Islam - WorldPublicOpinion.org, accessed January 7, 2013
- Muslim-Western Tensions Persist - Pew Research Center, July 21, 2011
- Cnaan Liphshiz, "50% Belgian Muslim teens have anti-Semitic views", Jewish Telegraphic Agency, March 27, 2013 (archived), http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/50-percent-Belgian-Muslim-teens-have-anti-Semitic-views-307974.
- Husain Haqqani - Reasons for decline of the Muslim world - Gulf News, May 2, 2007
- Janine Zacharia - Palestinians back armed struggle after state - poll - Jerusalem Post, October 22, 2003
- Zogby International - Friend Or Foe? - FrontPageMagazine, February 28, 2006
- Muslims: 'War on terror' means war against Islam - WorldNetDaily, December 23, 2002
- British Fifth Column Watch - LGF, December 23, 2002
-  - The Times Online, February 07, 2006
- Third of British Muslims View UK Jews as "Legitimate Target" - IRIS, February 10, 2006
- Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs - DAILY ALERT - February 10, 2006
- Anthony Wells - NOP Poll of British Muslims - UK Polling Report, August 8, 2006
- War torpedoes Labour’s Muslim backing - Asian News, January 3, 2005
- Darshna Soni - Survey: 'government hasn't told truth about 7/7' - Channel 4 News, June 4, 2007
- More than third of U.S. Muslims see war on Islam - The Washington Times, October 19, 2004
- National Security Survey Conducted At 2006 American Muslim Conventions - Muslims For A Safe America, September 9, 2006
- Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim - Pew Research Center, August 19, 2010
- A Muslim President, After All - Investor's Business Daily, September 29, 2011