A narrow majority of Americans hold a generally unfavorable opinion of Islam, and 45 per cent feel Islam is a religion that encourages violence, according to a new national Angus Reid Poll. The poll found that just 24 percent of Americans agree that Islam “is a peaceful religion” with 30 percent unsure. By contrast, only one American in 10 believes that either Christianity or Judaism “encourages violence”: 80 percent agree that Christianity “is a peaceful religion” with 59 percent holding the same view of Judaism.

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