Political issues key to Muslim-West engagement, Gallup poll finds

As President Barack Obama reiterated his commitment to improving relations with global Muslim communities during his Asia tour, Gallup findings underscore the need to address political issues. Irrespective of where they live, individuals who are ready for Muslim-West engagement say tensions between majority Muslim and Western societies stem from differences in political interests, rather than religion or culture.

These findings are based on Gallup’s latest report, “Measuring the State of Muslim-West Relations: Assessing the ‘New Beginning’.” The report presents an in-depth analysis of Muslim-West relations – one of the core themes outlined in Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, which Gallup published in 2008.

Gallup news release, 1 December 2010