Gallup 6 Year Poll: 93% of Muslims are Moderates

Gallup poll: 93% of Muslims are moderates

The study was conducted from 2001 to 2007, and was very extensive.

About 93 percent of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are moderates and only seven percent are politically radical, according to the poll, based on more than 50,000 interviews. In majority Muslim countries, overwhelming majorities said religion was a very important part of their lives -- 99 percent in Indonesia, 98 percent in Egypt, 95 percent in Pakistan.

But only seven percent of the billion Muslims surveyed -- the radicals -- condoned the attacks on the United States in 2001, the poll showed. Moderate Muslims interviewed for the poll condemned the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington because innocent lives were lost and civilians killed. (AFP)

To be fair, 7% of 1.3 billion is 91 million. Of course, percentage wise, this number isn't as significant.

Any thoughts?


  Jeb Koogler

March 9, 2008 at 12:15 PM

If you look at the general trend in polling, you find that you can get 8-10% of people to agree to anything. There is rarely -- if ever -- a poll in which over 90% agree on a single issue, no matter what it is. So, all things considered, I'd say that 7% is extremely low.


March 9, 2008 at 1:58 PM

I tend to agree. Some people, obviously, don't.


March 27, 2008 at 3:50 PM

91 million... doesn't sound low enough to me. Sounds like a ocean of recruits, aiders and abettors.


May 25, 2008 at 8:58 AM

People may focus on the 91 million aspect but think about what a similar poll would reveal in, say, America. How many people in that country hold extremist views such as that Muslims are an inferior race or that AIDS is God's will against Africans and Gays? The percentage would be small but the absolute numbers would be very large indeed.


May 25, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Exactly, Philip.