One year has passed since American commandos raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing Osama bin Laden. On this anniversary, the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project released a study, conducted over the past month or so, that found that across the Middle East’s Muslim populations Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda are hugely unpopular.
The poll asked Muslims in various countries whether they were favorably or unfavorably disposed toward al-Qaeda. The statistics are striking. Below are the percentages of respondents who view the terrorist organization unfavorably:
Egypt: 71 percent
Jordan: 77 percent
Pakistan: 55 percent
Turkey: 73 percent
Lebanon: 98 percent
Over the past few years, support for OBL and AQ has plummeted across the Middle East:
Before his death, support for bin Laden had waned considerably among Muslims around the world. Perhaps the most striking decline occurred in Jordan, where in 2005 61% had expressed confidence in bin Laden to do the right thing in world affairs. The next year, this number plummeted to 24% following al-Qaeda suicide attacks in the nation’s capital, Amman. By 2011, only 13% expressed confidence in him.
This, of couse, is fantastic news.