Evangelical Views of Islam

EPPC-Beliefnet poll: 81% of evangelical Christian leaders say it is 'very important' to evangelize Muslims in other countries.

Sponsored by the Ethics & Public Policy Center, a non-partisan think tank, and Beliefnet, the survey was based on a national sample of leaders of Evangelical organizations, ranging from churches and missionary associations to relief agencies and political groups. It was conducted in the fall of 2002 under the direction of Prof. John Green of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, and was supported with a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The results were released April 7, 2003.

Overall View of Islam

FavorableNeutralUnfavorable
13%1077


How Should the Evangelical Community Interact with Muslims?

Very ImportantSome ImportanceNot Important
Insist on Truth of the Gospel89%93
Evangelize U.S. Muslims83%143
Evangelize Muslims abroad81%163
Protect the rights of Muslims79%201
Dialogue with Muslims54%415
Welcome Muslims into the American community52%417


Views of Samaritan's Purse*

FavorableNeutralUnfavorable
89%92


Views of Islamic Beliefs and Practice

AgreeNeutralDisagree
Islam opposes religious freedom76%1410
Islam opposes pluralism/democracy72%226
Sharia violates human rights72%217
Islam is a religion of violence70%920
Islam dedicated to world domination66%2212
Terrorists have "hijacked" Islam62%1127
Islam preaches justice and moral values52%1632
American Muslims committed to Democratic values30%4723
Muslims/Christian pray to same God17%479
Islam is a religion of peace10%1971
All of the world's great religions are equally true and good
2%1189


Views on Related Foreign Policy Issues

AgreeNeutralDisagree
U.S. should take all necessary steps to win the "war on terrorism"73%1413
The war against terrorism is basically a war between the West and Islam45%1045
Stopping religious persecution a top priority of American foreign policy73%1413
U.S. should use military force against Saddam Hussein in Iraq**59%2219
U.S. should back Israel over the Palestinians in the Middle East60%931
U.S. should support a free and independent Palestinian state52%1631
U.S. policies are partly responsible for the attacks of September 1133%1057
U.S. should accept jurisdiction of new world court18%1567
There will be no peace with Islamic nations until poverty is eliminated9%2071
Immigrants harm society by bringing in strange customs and beliefs8%785
The American attack on Afghanistan was unjust and immoral7%589
U.S. should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own4%691

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*Samaritan's Purse is the Christian humanitarian aid organization run by Franklin Graham.


**Survey taken before war in Iraq began.

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