Two separate polls conducted this week set out to determine what kind of support ISIS garners from people in different areas of the world. The biggest takeaway? More than a quarter of young people in France have a positive attitude towards ISIS.
The first poll was conducted by ICM Research for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, and asked people in Germany, France and the UK whether their view of ISIS was favorable or unfavorable.
The second poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, asked Gazans whether they support or oppose ISIS.
As noted by Russia Today, in France, an astonishing 16% of those surveyed replied that they support ISIS. That percentage only increases when a younger demographic is examined: the highest percentages were found amongst the 18-24-year-old age group, in which ISIS garnered support from 27% of those polled.
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While France’s numbers reflect the highest support for ISIS, none amongst the four countries surveyed produced no support for ISIS.
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As Vox reports, these numbers are alarming because a growing number of Europeans, many of them from predominantly Muslim immigrant countries, are not simply expressing their support for ISIS in polls. Instead, they are traveling to Syria and Iraq to join in the fight.
In fact, as Newsweek reports, a British MP claimed last week that as many as 1,500 British Muslims may have travelled to the Middle East to fight for ISIS; this figure is more than twice the number that fight for the British armed forces.